SAP to reveal Gupta-linked kickback details following internal investigation


"To date, the investigation has determined that, between December 2014 and November 2016, SAP concluded two contracts for the sale of software to Transnet and two contracts for the sale of software to Eskom, each with the assistance of an entity now understood to have been Gupta-related", SAP said.

German Software giant SAP SE Thursday told US authorities saying it had paid commissions of 94 million rand ($6.8 million) to a company linked to the controversial wealthy Gupta Family.

The Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom has launched a probe into British banks who are knowingly or unknowingly involved in the family's alleged illicit business flows that has seen millions leave South Africa.

SAP has also commenced disciplinary proceedings against three employees in South Africa based on a three-month investigation that "uncovered indications of misconduct in issues relating to the management of Gupta-related third parties" in bidding for contracts from government-owned companies, according to Financial Times.

On Thursday, SAP admitted to paying millions to a Gupta-linked company that assisted it with contracts with Eskom and Transnet.

"Following SAP's admission today, the police have an obligation to investigate fully and to leave no stone unturned", the DA said in an emailed statement Thursday.

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"We have reported misconduct to USA authorities, but we have not had any interaction with South African authorities", Fox-Martin said. It is SAP's intention to release complete findings at the end of the investigation.

CAD House is owned by President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane and businesses within the Guptas' Sahara Group.

"We have reported misconduct to U.S. authorities, but we have not had any interaction with South African authorities", SAP executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Failure of the NPA to pursue this matter means the South African authorities have now outsourced their responsibilities of law and order to foreign nations like the U.S.".

The four contracts yielded some 660 million rand for SAP in revenues.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. and the UK's Serious Fraud Office are investigating claims of money laundering through bank accounts and various firms connected to the Gupta family.