SAP, Europe's top technology company has reportedly placed four of its senior managers in South Africa on leave.
It will begin a probe into reports that have dragged the company into an influence-peddling scandal involving the Gupta family.
Susan Comrie, an investigative journalist at amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism says in 2015, SAP, entered into a sales commission agreement with a small company, that specialises in 3D printers but they are also a small outpost of the Gupta linked empire.
What the contract said, if this company, CAD House, was the effective cause of SAP winning a lucrative contract with Transnet, then they would give the company 10%.— Susan Comrie, Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism
Comrie explains that evidence reveals how CAD House has zero experience in selling software. Its unclear why an outside party had to come in, says Comrie.
Instead what we see is money gets paid and immediately gets paid out to a collection of companies within, what we call the Gupta orbit. These are companies that either owned, controlled or have very strong ties with the Guptas.— Susan Comrie, Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism
SAP South Africa was clearly aware of what was transpiring, she adds, and Transnet was considered one of the most important clients of SAP, as proved in the Gupta leaked emails before this particular deal was sealed.
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