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SAP vows 'fully transparent' probe into alleged Gupta deal

SAP executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin says this investigation will be conducted entirely transparently and with full integrity.

FILE: Atul Gupta. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Global software firm SAP says it will hold a fully transparent investigation into whether its South African arm paid a Gupta-linked company R100 million to land a Transnet deal but the firm won’t say who is conducting the probe or what its terms of reference are.

On Thursday, it confirmed it’s put South African executives on administrative leave while a third party conducts the investigation.

SAP’s South African management had first denied the claims and threatened action against Amabhungane and the Daily Maverick for publishing the reports which are based on the Gupta-leak emails.

SAP executive board member Adaire Fox-Martin says this investigation will be conducted entirely transparently and with full integrity.

But she won’t say who’s actually doing the investigation or what they are actually investigating.

“At this point in time, we’re not revealing the name of the organisation that we have retained to do this work with us, nor the details of the investigation.”

And she says that’s because the investigators themselves don’t want their name published.

“We’re not revealing the name as yet and we’ll conduct this in a fully transparent way.”

But Fox-Martin says they still reject the claims and do not believe them to be true.

Last year, SAP paid nearly $3.9 million in fines after an executive tried to bribe government officials in Panama.