#GuptaLeaks: Yet another software company implicated in Gupta kickback scandal

Yet another Software company is implicated in giving contracts to a Gupta linked company.

This was revealed by the amaBhungane investigative team as they continue to scrutinize the #GuptaLeaks

The emails show that a German company, Software AG, entered into an apparent kickback agreement with a Gupta owned company in an attempt to secure a R180 million contract from Transnet Freight Rail.

Investigative journalist at amaBhungane Centre, Susan Comrie, says a company called Software AG was looking at partnering with a Gupta company, CAD House, a small outpost of the Gupta empire that sells 3D printers, in order to acquire government contracts.

What we see is within Sahara systems, which is part of the Gupta companies, you have all these smaller companies that each are involved with massive deals...

Susan Comrie, Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane Centre

If one looks at one of the deals that was identified it didn't actually go ahead but it gives us an interesting insight of what is going on here.

Susan Comrie, Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane Centre

Comrie says there was a deal from Mangaung municipality in the Free State in which Software AG decided to partner with a Gupta owned company and around R14 million was passed to that company. It is not clear what the Gupta owned company did to be paid that sum of money.

There is a strange thing going on in this particular arrangement where you have on the one hand a Gupta company benefiting and on the other hand you have a completely random company which manufactures billboards called Sensational Signs.

Susan Comrie, Investigative Journalist at amaBhungane Centre

To hear the full interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : #GuptaLeaks: Yet another software company implicated in Gupta kickback scandal


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