SAP refuses to explain contradictions in #GuptaLeaks matter

SAP executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin says while they have suspended these executives they still deny the claims against them.

FILE: Atul Gupta at a New Age Business Briefing in Port Elizabeth. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Global software firm SAP has refused to explain apparent contradictions between its local bosses and international executives after the company was implicated in the leaked Gupta emails.

Earlier this week, SAP’s South African management strongly denied the claims by Amabhungane and the Daily Maverick who reported that the company had paid a Gupta-linked firm R100 million to help them land a deal with Transnet.

But the firm’s international office has now suspended four executives pending an independent investigation that is underway.

SAP executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin says while they have suspended these executives they still deny the claims against them.

“Until this investigation is concluded that they are innocent and that once the investigation is concluded, as I have mentioned already, we’d close the outcome of that investigation and then make the appropriate decision.”

She was then asked if the board in Europe knew in advance that executives were about to issue that statement saying it was investigating possible actions against the media organisations that published the reports.

“SAP continues to reject allegations and we’ll reserve our comments until the investigation is concluded.”

Fox-Martin has also promised full transparency in this investigation but won’t say who is actually conducting it.