No arms deal link, says e-toll company

2012-05-12 14:21

Johannesburg - Kapsch TrafficCom, the Austrian company contracted to the e-toll system, has denied that it had improper dealings with Swedish companies involved in the arms deal.

The company's executive board member Andre Laux denied that it had improper dealings with arms manufacturing company, SAAB - which admitted in June to paying bribes of more than R24 million to ensure it was picked to supply Gripen jets to South Africa in the arms deal.

"We firmly reject any speculation linking Kapsch TrafficCom and the arms deals. We believe this allegation is the result of a simple misinterpretation of information regarding one of our subsidiary companies," he said on Saturday.

Kapsch said it had bought Swedish Combitech, a daughter company of SAAB, in 2000. The company was a specialist in e-tolling and traffic solutions, and offered "a perfect match to Kapsch's traffic business-line".

"This is the only link between our Swedish subsidiary and the project in South Africa," said Laux.

The company welcomed the announcement of a preliminary investigation into the e-toll contracts by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The investigation was announced on Friday after complaints were lodged by DA MP Jack Bloom, director for the Institute for Accountability in SA Paul Hoffman and the recently resigned chief executive of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Nazir Alli.

Bloom said the country needed "to know if any high-level politician was unjustly enriched in this process".

Alli resigned on Monday, just over a week after the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was granted an urgent interdict to stop the launch of the system.

The project has since been put on hold.

  • swmabotja - 2012-05-12 14:30

    Austria? Are we back in the Holy Roman Empire?

      tobydt - 2012-05-12 15:39

      Because the ANC sells the country out to Europeans.

      Alf - 2012-05-12 15:56

      There is nothing holy about that lot!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-12 14:32

    Sorry to say, I simply don't believe you and even if I did, you are trying to rob South Africans and take the money to Europe. Besides that we know that you must be paying some 'fees' to someone, nothing works in Africa without grease on hands. You hang with dogs, you get fleas.

      Oscar - 2012-05-12 15:40

      Yes and we in South Africa also believe in the tooth fairy. Just because the ANC you deal with is totally ignorant and really not very intelligent doesn't mean the rest of the population are also utter fools.

      Themba - 2012-05-12 18:06

      Bribery is a global phenomena. Go to this site. Read and weep: "Bribery rife across Europe's top companies-survey | Reuters"

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-12 14:44

    Denial? Must have being dealing with an ancESTOR or three. The truth will set you free.

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-12 14:46

    Ew! shut up, an investigation is underway, since when have u volunteered with the truth?

  • Arthur - 2012-05-12 14:55

    Where there's smoke there's fire.

  • flysouth - 2012-05-12 15:09

    No way! It is far too much of a coincidence (and who' knowing the deeply corrupt nature of the ANC can believe in those anymore?) that a notorious entity, SAAB, known now for major Arms deal corruption, "used to" own Combitech! And what better way for SAAB to quietly and deceptively get a slice of what Kapsch boasts on their website is 'the biggest open road toll project in the world" than to bring in another corrupt corporation to act as a front? And how in hell can SA provide the biggest such project in the world? We have few cars compared to first world countries so this is logically impossible! For example the Nissan factory in Washington, County Durham, England produces about the same number of vehicles annually as the entire SA car industry! In the US a single GM production line in a single factory (and GM has many lines and many factories!) manages about the same numbers! Pulease - does this moron Laux think we are stupid?

  • Morgaen - 2012-05-12 15:23

    Go home, Eurotrash

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-05-12 16:07

    In my experience as an auditor a fault, irregularity or material misrepresentation by a subsidiary entity can usually be followed to the top of the group. Where there's smoke at the bottom you'll usually find a whole lot more smoke at the top, and a bonfire to go with it!

  • Koos - 2012-05-12 16:08

    Jack, We support you. This is typical of the ANC regime. No knowledge and at the end they do not know how to cover it up. I think it is time that we get rid of the SAAB’s in this country. They are corrupt and linked to all fraudulent transactions. We do not need them.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-12 16:24

    Nobody believes any of this, the ANC elite sells the country bit by bit for peanuts.

  • Antwahn - 2012-05-12 16:24

    But of course there is none. And of course we readily believe you. But now we are taking, how DID you manage to procure such a massively lucrative contract? How DID you manage to persuade our incorruptible ANC cadres that you were the right guys to milk SA for all it's worth?

  • Alan - 2012-05-12 17:00

    Kapsch 'has denied'. 'Denied, denied'? Now, where have I heard that word before? Ummm - what political party uses that word almost daily here? Now, let me think.....

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-13 06:42

    Never admit anything !! Deny everything is the motto of all politicians et thieving cronies!! Corrupt den of thieves!!

  • Anakin - 2012-05-13 11:11

    "Kapsch said it had bought Swedish Combitech, a daughter company of SAAB, in 2000" - unfortunately the link remains in my opinion. Why are all the non-blacked out tender documents not been made public then, if there's nothing to hide or nothing secret. The answer is self-revealing: the contracts overlap with defense and national security issues, which should not have being the case right from the start ie road infrastructure should have nothing to do with national security. SANRAL must first come clean on all the tender documents, which they won't do, so the link will remain, indefinitely.

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