Major tech companies linked to Gupta corruption

In recent weeks, numerous reports have emerged linking the Gupta family to questionable business deals with the government and state-owned enterprises.

The reports are based on the “Gupta Leaks” – a collection of emails from members of the Gupta family and people linked to the family.

Many of the reports were thanks to a partnership between News24, amaBhungane, and the Daily Maverick.

Reports based on the leaked emails linked numerous high-profile politicians and state-owned enterprises – including Transnet, Eskom, and SAA – to the Gupta family.

Many large technology firms were also implicated in questionable dealings with companies linked to the Gupta empire – as detailed in the list below.


The software giant allegedly paid a Gupta-linked company nearly R100 million in kickbacks for SOE contracts.

A report by amaBhungane alleges that SAP paid CAD House R99.9 million for contracts with Transnet and other SOEs.

SAP has initiated an investigation into the allegations, and SAP’s South African management team has been placed on “administrative leave” pending the outcome.

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The company allegedly paid kickbacks to a Gupta-linked company for Transnet contracts.

According to a report by amaBhungane, Neotel paid kickbacks to Homix in 2014, which is linked to the Gupta family, for IT equipment and service deals with Transnet.

Neotel’s CEO and CFO at the time were suspended after an investigation was launched. The two executives have since resigned.

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Questions have been raised about the company’s contracts with Eskom and Transnet.

An amaBhungane report alleged that T-Systems’ supplier development partner Sechaba Computer Services paid money to Homix – the same company linked to the Neotel scandal.

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Software AG

The company has been implicated in offering kickbacks to Gupta-controlled companies.

German software company Software AG has been implicated in the Gupta leaks for allegedly offering kickbacks to Gupta-controlled companies to secure government contracts.

According to a report by amaBhungane and Scorpio, documents show that Software AG entered into several agreements with Gupta-controlled group Global Softech Solutions, where it offered large “commissions” for government contracts.



The company allegedly struck a deal with Trillian Capital Partners for a large Eskom contract.

An amaBhungane report alleges that consulting firm McKinsey struck a deal with Trillian Capital Partners for an Eskom contract worth at least R266 million.

Eskom’s acting board chairperson Zethembe Khoza said they paid Trillian almost R500 million, adding that they had a contract with McKinsey who subcontracted Trillian to do consultancy work for them.

McKinsey has refuted the statements, stating that it clarified the issue with Eskom last year.


Now read: SAP rejects allegations of R100-million Gupta kickbacks

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