Three senior SAP executives resign leaving #GuptaLeaks investigation with more questions than answers. By Susan Comrie for AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.
“We have question marks,” says Philipp Klarmann, the man in charge of investigations and anti-corruption at SAP.
The multinational IT giant released the findings of the investigation by law firm Baker McKenzie into allegations that SAP paid more than R100-million in kickbacks to Gupta-owned companies in order to secure six deals with Transnet and Eskom.
AmaBhungane and Scorpio first exposed the R100-million payments last July.
Klarmann joined Adaire Fox-Martin, the SAP executive board member in charge of the investigation, in a conference call with amaBhungane earlier on Thursday.
Although SAP said it found “no evidence of payments to Eskom or Transnet employees or to any government officials in South Africa”, both Fox-Martin and Klarmann conceded that they have been left with many suspicions and unanswered questions about how three minor IT companies with connections to the Guptas – Global Softech Solutions (GSS), CAD House and Lejara – became major deal makers on contracts SAP scored with state owned entities.
“There were absolutely irregularities in the management of third parties” – that is, Gupta companies acting as sales agents – “and…
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