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Inside the controversial Gupta Free State dairy farm

14 July, 11:29 AM

The Vrede Dairy Project is shrouded in controversy.

Reports that the Gupta family were involved in the project first surfaced in 2013, but the Free State government denied it. The #GuptaLeaks emails has since confirmed their ties to the  R570 million dairy project. 

AmaBhungane revealed in 2013 how the provincial government gifted Estina a free 99-year lease to the 4 400 hectare farm outside Vrede.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who visited the farm earlier this week, will ask the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an intergovernmental task force and other corruption watchdogs, to investigate suspicions of money laundering.

News24 earlier this month reported that an investigation by AmaBhungane and Scorpio revealed how R30m that was supposed to go to the dairy project was diverted through a web of Gupta-related companies to pay for the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia in 2013, while Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was still an MEC in the Free State.

The wedding initially gained infamy when the Guptas' guests were allowed to use the Waterkloof Air Force base as a port of entry.

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