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Head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigative Directorate, Hermione Cronje says the investigation into the Estina dairy farm in the Eastern Free State will be completed by the end of the month and will then be ready for re-enrolment in court.
The intended beneficiaries of the Estina dairy project have no legal documentation to prove they are beneficiaries and therefore, no legal recourse.
The former head of the Free State department of agriculture, Peter Thabethe, has told the commission of inquiry into state capture that he had been summoned by the Public Protector's office last week to give evidence about the Estina dairy farm case.
The former municipal manager of the Phumelela Municipality, Moses Moremi, has detailed how the Free State Department of Agriculture entered into an agreement that not only leased a large portion of land, but the entire area of Vrede (including suburbs) to the Estina dairy project for a period of 99 years.
The Vrede police station in the Free State has been called out yet again for ignoring political cases relating to the Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project, the state capture commission of inquiry has heard.
The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture has heard how bold promises were made to beneficiaries of the collapsed Gupta-linked Vrede dairy project, but nothing ever materialised.
The truth about the Vrede dairy project cannot ignore the role of senior politicians in the Free State who were, for selfish and corrupt reasons, willing to sacrifice the aspirations of 80 impoverished beneficiaries, writes Roy Jankielsohn.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has hit out Casac's Lawson Naidoo over an affidavit, claiming she protected politicians during her probe into the Vrede dairy farm scandal.
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and former Cabinet minister Mosebenzi Zwane are to face a fresh probe into their roles in the Estina dairy farm matter.
Testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry, the former head of the Free State department of agriculture, Peter Thabethe, said he was not sure what exactly the company brought with them from India.
A lack of planning ahead of the establishment of the controversial Estina dairy farm project not only compromised the project, but wasted taxpayers' money.
The Mohuma Mobung initiative as well as general supply chain management issues were the order of the day at the commission of inquiry into state capture.
Anna Sussana Fourie, former deputy director general in the Free State Department of the Provincial Treasury, has taken the stand at the state capture inquiry to testify about the Estina Dairy Project.
The acting head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Free State has told the Zindo commission that he was not consulted about a document proposing the establishment of the Estina Dairy Farm Project.
A member of the Free State legislature, Roy Jankielsohn, has detailed how beneficiaries of the collapsed Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project are still being sidelined.
Among the evidence the party has submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority is investigative journalist and author Pieter Louis Myburgh's Gangster State book.
A judicial commission faces a daunting task in probing allegations that members of the Gupta family and their allies connived with former president Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane to loot billions of rand from state coffers.
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