Software giant SAP has announced that Claas Kuehnemann will step into the role of acting MD for Africa while the company's investigation into its South Africa business is conducted.
Last week, SAP's executive board placed its South African management team on "administrative leave" pending an investigation by a Chicago-based worldwide law firm, Baker McKenzie, into allegations of corruption directed at the company.
It had earlier been, through a series of leaked emails, that SAP had paid a Gupta-linked company as much as R100 million in apparent kickbacks, for helping the software group secure contracts with Transnet.
"This consultancy is rather irregular considering that SAP is an worldwide software giant which had existing contracts with Transnet".
"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' - connections within Transnet with a view to securing a lucrative contract".
The party goes on to point out that CAD House sells 3D printers and had no prior relationships with SAP.
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".
"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. This is not the first time SAP has been caught with its hands in the cookie jar.
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. 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".
Meanwhile SAP has appointed an acting managing director and acting chief financial officer at its South African subsidiary following its suspension of the local management team.
The SAP investigation will be led by executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin who said the firm would not tolerate any form of misconduct.
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