DA to lay criminal charges against SAP

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 17, 2017

The DA is to lay charges of money laundering and corruption against the South African component of global software giant, SAP, and Gupta-affiliated company CAD House, following allegations that kickbacks changed hands between the two companies in exchange for a R100m Transnet contract.

Last week, SAP's executive board placed its South African management team on "administrative leave" pending an investigation by a Chicago-based global law firm, Baker McKenzie, into allegations of corruption directed at the company.

"This consultancy is rather irregular considering that SAP is an worldwide software giant which had existing contracts with Transnet", the DA said in a statement.

"The DA has reason to believe that SAP South Africa procured the services of CAD House purely because they wanted access to its owners, Duduzane Zuma and the Guptas", the DA said in a statement. Furthermore, CAD House is a small company which specialises in selling 3-D printers and which allegedly had no previous relationships with SAP or expertise in this field.

The DA will, therefore, proceed to lay charges of corruption and money laundering against SAP South Africa - directors and employees; CAD House - members and employees; and any other person who had material interests in this dodgy deal.

"It is simply not enough that the implicated SAP South Africa executives are scapegoated, these dealings must have gone higher up in SAP and all those involved should be held accountable", said DA.

In 2015, then-deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas said the Gupta family had offered him 600 million rand ($46.38 million) to secure the job of finance minister.

"Where there is smoke there is fire", Mazzone said.

The interim boss has been named as Claas Keuhnemann - who has been with SAP for 25 years - and the interim chief financial officer as Peter David who is the regional CFO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

"The SAP Africa management team will continue to deliver on its promise to help African business run optimally", said Kuehnemann.

SAP announced last week that it was in the process of investigating the allegations that were brought to light recently but also claimed said allegations were "unfounded and unsubstantiated".

For more information, visit the SAP News Center.

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