South African opposition party to file criminal complaint against SAP

South African opposition party to file criminal complaint against SAP

The South African office of the German software giant SAP is believed to have paid the Gupta front about R100 million "kickbacks" for state business.

DA spokesperson on public enterprises Natasha Mazzone said the consultancy with CAD House was "rather irregular considering that SAP is an worldwide software giant which had existing contracts with Transnet".

"Furthermore, CAD House is a small company which specialises in selling 3D printers and which allegedly had no previous relationships with SAP or expertise in this field", she said.

His track record with SAP dates back more than two decades from when he first started at the newly formed SAP subsidiary in South Africa, SAP said in a press statement.

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.

The party said it will lay charges of corruption and money laundering against directors and employees of SAP South Africa, members and employees of CAD House, as well as "any other person who had material interests in this dodgy deal".

Mazzone said it was not enough that SAP had suspended a number of its key executives in SA.

The party says the Gupta email leaks suggest Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is the "spider at the centre of the web" with regards to dodgy dealings at state-owned entities. It said the SAP deal was the seventh dodgy deal that happened under Gigaba's watch as Public Enterprises Minister and "it is highly unlikely that this is coincidental".

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

Kuehnemann has held various executive roles at SAP, including Senior Vice President of Professional Services overseeing SAP's consulting business in EMEA based in Paris, Managing Director Africa based in Johannesburg as well as Managing Director for the South-East Europe & Middle East region based out of Dubai.

"The accusations made around the use and payment of subcontractors are unfounded and unsubstantiated".