DA to lay criminal charges against SAP and CAD House

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

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.

The German-based firm has placed the current management team on administrative leave pending the findings of the review.

A report by amaBhungane and Scorpio published on the Daily Maverick and News24 alleged that SAP paid a 10% "sales commission" to CAD House to secure the Transnet business.

"This consultancy is rather irregular considering that SAP is an global software giant which had existing contracts with Transnet".

"Furthermore, CAD House is a small company which specialises in selling 3D printers and which allegedly had no previous relationships with SAP or expertise in this field", she said.

"The DA will, therefore, proceed to lay charges of corruption and money laundering against (SAP South Africa and CAD House)".

Natasha Mazzone, the DA's shadow minister of Public Enterprises, says it is not enough that the company had suspend its senior executives as it believes the alleged bribes were known in the top echelons of SAP.

SAP Global has launched an investigation into the matter and suspended a number of its key executives in South Africa. This is not the first time SAP has been caught with its hands in the cookie jar.

The party says the Gupta email leaks suggest Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is the "spider at the centre of the web" with regards to dodgy dealings at state-owned entities. "Where there is smoke there is fire".

Kuehnemann has held various executive roles at SAP, including Senior Vice President of Professional Services overseeing SAP's consulting business in EMEA based in Paris, Managing Director Africa based in Johannesburg as well as Managing Director for the South-East Europe & Middle East region based out of Dubai.

The SAP investigation will be led by executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin who said the firm would not tolerate any form of misconduct.

SAP "rigorously investigates any allegations of wrongdoing in any of the more than 180 countries where it operates", the statement said.

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