CAPE TOWN – Enterprise Report (BR) warned buyers way back to July 2017 about alleged corruption in a collection of articles beneath #CorporateCorruptionReport: SA milked billions in corrupt offers. We printed articles on corruption allegations at ABB – that I wrote about final week – to an estimated worth of R1.5billion.
Others we uncovered have been EOH, which was concerned in an alleged corrupt transaction of R300million. I used to be threatened by EOH bigwigs who needed BR to take away the article or else. I refused and requested EOH to open their books, which they refused to do and the matter led to a stalemate of types.
One other was SAP, which offers software program programs to multinational firms and governments that have been concerned in alleged corrupt transaction of R100m.
I wrote: “The phrases counsel a thinly disguised kickback association: If the Gupta firm have been the ‘efficient trigger’ of SAP touchdown a Transnet contract value R100m or extra, it could get 10%. Within the yr to comply with, SAP paid the corporate, CAD Home, a whopping R99.9m, suggesting SAP used the Gupta-influenced community to drive gross sales of R1billion to Transnet and different state-owned entities (SOEs). SAP denies it paid kickbacks or was social gathering to laundering the funds, arguing that CAD Home had ‘the mandatory abilities when it comes to positioning our resolution’ and was paid a gross sales fee for performing as ‘an extension of the gross sales power’.”
Quickly after this was printed, SAP suspended its administration workers in South Africa.
One other was Denel, an SOE that had been implicated within the Gupta scandal. I wrote: “Based on the studies in January 2016, Denel introduced the formation of Denel Asia, a Hong Kong-based three way partnership that it managed, holding 51%. The remainder belonged to an organization registered to Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa. Defending themselves towards criticism, Denel and the Guptas claimed that the Gupta household had little interest in the Essa firm, VR Laser Asia, and by implication in Denel Asia. Current studies indicated that they have been deceptive South Africans”. Join the dots BR was proper, once more.
Then there was KPMG, a worldwide community of unbiased member corporations providing audit, tax and advisory providers. Their member corporations’ shoppers embody enterprise firms, governments, public sector businesses and not-for-profit organisations. One other scandal that BR broke.
I wrote: “Recently the revered international auditing agency has not lived as much as its commonplace if the latest studies are something to go by. KPMG is not any stranger to controversy. Its report was used to pursue Pravin Gordhan throughout his tenure as finance minister.” In March final yr, a former KPMG associate was discovered responsible in a fraud case.
Then there was McKinsey, a worldwide administration consulting agency that conducts qualitative and quantitative analyses to judge administration selections throughout the private and non-private sectors. This “trusted” consulting agency had additionally been embroiled in a scandal associated to the Guptas.
BR revealed: “It (McKinsey) was employed by Eskom for a number of billion rand to enhance efficiencies and minimize wasteful expenditure. As a substitute, the deal McKinsey struck with Trillian Capital Companions mocked Eskom’s issues by handing not less than R266m of Eskom’s cash to an organization that within the phrases of McKinsey’s personal executives was merely there to obtain 30% of the contract ‘in return for not a lot work’.”
Days after we broke the story and different publications adopted, advocate Geoff Budlender launched his report into state seize allegations towards Trillian, an organization majority-owned by Gupta affiliate Salim Essa. The report particulars how McKinsey agreed to subcontract 30% of their Eskom work to Trillian beneath the guise of “provider growth”, a programme meant to up-skill small, black-owned companies.
BR, and myself as govt editor, won’t be intimidated by corrupt officers, executives and whoever threatens to sue me, and Impartial Media. We’re, and can proceed, to publish the reality.