Software company SAP reports its Gupta links to US authorities

Global software company SAP has reported themselves to the US authorities after discovering misconduct by three employees for actions linked to the Guptas.

Read: FBI to probe Guptas over SA, Dubai and USA cash flows

EWN Reporter Gia Nicolaides says that SAP provided software to Transnet and Eskom, and it recruited a third party which was a Gupta linked company to help them secure these contracts.

They got the assistance of, as they say, an entity currently understood to be Gupta related. So they're still not outright admitting that they were fully aware of how this company was linked to the controversial family.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN Reporter

According to Nicolaides, SAP paid around R100 million to this Gupta related company in order to assist them with contracts on state owned entities.

Nicolaides says that in addition to reporting themselves to the US authorities, SAP is also not going to take commissions all public sector deals with high-risk countries.

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Read: The USA and UK investigate corruption linked to the Guptas, but what about SA?

For David Lewis, executive director at Corruption Watch, SAP's admission of misconduct is a very significant development.

Obviously [SAP] have concluded that they are on the wrong end. potentially of a very serious criminal investigation and have decided to make their admissions.

For David Lewis, executive director at Corruption Watch

Lewis says that this report involving SAP and the intermediary company was made to the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange commission three months ago when the Gupta emails revealed. Yet, the Hawks did virtually nothing.

He adds that the dealings involving SAP are the same with all the other companies linked to the Guptas.

The modus operandi here is exactly the same as the modus operandi in the Mckinsey, Trillian, Eskom saga. I'm wondering when Mckinsey will grasp the nettle and start making similar admissions.

For David Lewis, executive director at Corruption Watch

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