German software giant SAP and its partner Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS) have been accused of bribery in order to secure a multimillion-dollar software contract in Tanzania and Kenya, SAP's second allegation of corruption in two years, according to South African publication Techcentral.
TTCS is part owned by EOH, which is Africa's largest technology service provider.
Due to a whistle-blower, the US SEC and Department of Justice are investigating deals that were made in 2014 and 2015. It's claimed that TTCS bribed Tanzania Ports Authority officials with $800,000 to win a $6.6m contract.
SAP is subject to the US' Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as it's listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In response to the allegations, SAP has said it has suspended TTCS as a channel partner.
Both SAP and TTCS also say that they have made management changes and bolstered compliance since 2015.
It's not the first time SAP's public sector deals in Africa have been investigated.
US authorities have already investigated SAP for bribery allegations in South Africa.
This time last year, SAP did admit "indications of misconduct" in $50m worth of public sector deals.
The Walldorf-based firm confirmed that it paid more than $9m to intermediary companies linked to the disgraced South African Gupta family, which was close to South African President Jacob Zuma.
At the time, SAP said three executives had been suspended or resigned without severance pay.
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