SAP managers placed on leave as global tech firm probes #GuptaLeaks scandal


Ajay and Atul Gupta, Duduzane Zuma and Jagdish Parekh (standing) speak to the City Press from the New Age Newspaper's offices in Midrand, Johannesburg on 4 March 2011.

JOHANNESBURG - German technology company SAP will launch a probe after it was implicated in the #GuptaLeaks scandal.

"SAP has initiated an independent investigation spearheaded by a multinational law firm and overseen by executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin to vigorously review contracts awarded by SAP South Africa," a statement from the company said.

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

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SAP - a software giant - allegedly signed a commission deal with a small Gupta-controlled company in a bid to secure a Transnet contract.

It is alleged the Gupta-controlled company apparently helped SAP secure the deal in return for a kickback of around R100-million.

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SAP is reviewing the contracts and the company’s president is travelling to South Africa to address the concerns.