Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have called on the German Software giant, SAP to come clean and name individuals who facilitated business dealing on behalf of Gupta linked company with state owned entities in exchange for bribes.
EFF said implicated individuals, including those of SAP, must be charged and prosecuted under South African law because the crime of bribery occurred in our own country.
SAP announced that it has reported itself to US authorities and taken action against three employees for multi-million rand payments made to a Gupta-linked company
This follows revelation by amaBhungane that SAP paid R100 million kickbacks to a company controlled by the Guptas to clinch a business deal with Transnet.
Although the German multinational company had initially denied corrupt business dealings, they have now confessed its Gupta linked accounts to prosecutors at the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SAP made a clean breast after an internal investigation uncovered “indications of misconduct in issues relating to the management of Gupta-related third parties.
EFF National spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement on Thursday SAP must reveal names of the individuals that facilitated receipt of bribes on the part of the Guptas.
“These individuals, including those of SAP, must be charged and prosecuted under South African law because the crime of bribery occurred in our own country. Failure of the National Prosecuting Authority to pursue this matter means the South African authorities have now outsourced their responsibilities of law and order to foreign nations like the USA,” said Ndlozi.
Cape Talk reported on Thursday night, Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks spokesperson had his tongue tied while speaking to Karima Brown about the Hawks’ investigation into global software company SAP’s misconduct admission.
Ndlozi said EFF is also calling on state entities to stay away from corrupt companies, locally and internationally.
“Noteworthy is the fact that Gupta corruption is unthinkable without the full participation and complicity of white international capital. White international capital has always been ready to engage in corrupt, criminal and unethical business behavior to advance its narrow selfish profit interests,” added Ndlozi.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone said since the German company have voluntarily disclosed this information to US authorities, it must now do the same thing in South Africa, to volunteer this information to our police.
“In September this year, the DA laid charges of money laundering and corruption against the South African subsidiary of the software firm, after it emerged that R100 million in kickbacks allegedly changed hands between SAP and a Gupta-linked company, CAD House, for state business. The preliminary findings of SAP’s internal investigation have not yet revealed any evidence that payments were made to the South African government, Eskom or Transnet officials has been discovered,” said Mazzone.