German company SAP admits to paying commission for SOE contract


The logo of German software giant SAP is pictured at the company's headquarters in Walldorf near Heidelberg, southern Germany, on January 24, 2017.

JOHANNESBURG - German software giant SAP has reported alleged misconduct in its South African operation to US authorities.

Earlier this year, the company was implicated in state capture claims.

The software company reportedly paid a 10-percent sales commission to a Gupta-controlled company to secure a contract from state-owned rail and port operator Transnet.

An investigation has found SAP paid almost R100-million to a company tied to the Guptas, between December 2015 and November 2016.

The money was used to help it secure four contacts with South Africa&39;s Transnet and power utility, Eskom.

SAP earned about R660-million from the contracts.

Transnet has at the same time begun investigations into alleged kickback payments to suppliers.

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In July, SAP launched a probe after it was implicated in the GuptaLeaks scandal.

The current South African management team was placed on administrative leave pending the findings of the review.




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