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WATCH LIVE | Estina dairy farm still in spotlight at state capture inquiry

23 July, 10:50 AM

The state capture commission of inquiry is expected to continue hearing testimony related to the collapsed Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project in Vrede on Tuesday.

The commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, is expected to continue hearing testimony from the deputy director general of corporate administration and coordination in the Free State, Albertus Venter. 

READ | Free State govt continues to fund collapsed Vrede dairy farm project R20m annually, state capture inquiry hears

Gifted to Estina in 2013 under a free 99-year lease by the provincial agriculture department, the farm has been one of the most controversial transactions between the Guptas and a government entity.

One hundred black emerging farmers were promised five cows each as part of the empowerment scheme but never received them, News24 previously reported.

On Monday, the commission heard that the project was a classic example of how the provincial legislature and its committees failed the people of the Free State.

Roy Jankielsohn, a member of the Free State legislature, told the commission that when the alleged irregularities in the project took place, the committee chairperson "blocked opposition members' attempts to probe these issues".

The commission is also expected to hear testimony from two beneficiaries.

Stream courtesy of SABC Digital News.

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