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SAP accused of paying bribes to Gupta family

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Staff Writer | August 2, 2017
The practices of Indian business family Gupta have been a hot topic in South Africa for years.
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Investigative journalists now say German software giant SAP also paid bribes to a Gupta company.

The powerful Gupta family from India has been accused of meddling in South African politics through close ties to President Jacob Zuma.

It is believed the three Gupta brothers brokered secret deals to have a say of who gets appointed to cabinet posts and to be favored in business deals with guaranteed cuts for the Zuma clan.

SAP is also now caught up in the affair. According to investigative journalists at non-profit "AmaBhungane" the company paid 7 million euros ($8.21 million) to a company owned by the Gupta family about two years ago.

The journalists assumed the bribes helped SAP secure a deal from state-owned company Transnet.

SAP is believed to have hidden the bribes as distribution allowance of ten percent of the contract volume which was paid to company "CAD House" - the company makes 3D printers.

According to local media reports, Duduzane Zuma - the son of President Zuma - owns ten percent of the Gupta company.

Journalists came across this information by going through 200,000 emails that were leaked to several South African media houses in June.

Investigative journalists joined forces to manage the huge amount of emails.