Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her investigation into the Vrede Dairy Farm project is at an advanced stage.
Former Free State finance MEC Elzabe Rockman has told the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture that it was not easy to stop funding the collapsed Vrede dairy farm project because the cattle needed to be taken care of.
The Free State government continues to fund the collapsed Vrede dairy farm project to the tune of R20m a year, the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture heard on Monday.
The NPA's Asset Forfeiture Unit, which recently obtained a provisional restraint order against eight accused in the Estina Vrede Dairy project, has failed miserably, a legal expert says.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has urged critics of Busisiwe Mkhwebane to be mindful of the potential consequences for the office.
Former Free State Department of Agriculture head Peter Thabethe has failed to clarify a payment of $5m for a feasibility report on the Gupta-linked Vrede dairy farm project during testimony at the state capture inquiry.
The former head of the Free State agriculture department, Peter Thabethe, claims a media report about the infamous 2013 Waterkloof landing halted the potential of the Vrede dairy farm project.
The DA says it feels vindicated after the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had failed in her duties to investigate and report on the controversial Vrede dairy project in the Free State.
The Free State High Court in Bloemfontein has ruled in favour of controversial Gupta brother Atul in his application to have a preservation order, obtained against him by the NPA's Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), set aside.
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