JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday it would file a criminal complaint against German software giant SAP over allegations of corruption involving friends of President Jacob Zuma.
SAP, Europe’s top technology company, last week put four senior managers in South Africa on leave and opened an investigation into reports that dragged the company into an escalating influence-peddling scandal.
South African media reported last week that SAP paid kickbacks to CAD House, a firm partly owned by the politically connected Gupta family and Zuma’s son Duduzane. The payments allegedly helped SAP clinch a deal worth 1 billion rand ($76 million) with rail and logistics company Transnet.
CAD House sells 3-D printers and has no software experience that would make it a logical go-between for SAP and Transnet.
“The DA has reason to believe that SAP South Africa procured the services of CAD House purely because they wanted access to its…