Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office says it will seek leave to appeal the ruling of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she will seek leave to appeal the ruling of the High Court in Pretoria that she should pay 7.5% of the costs in her personal capacity and her office 85% in the case which relates to her Vrede dairy farm report which was previously set aside as unconstitutional.
Former Free State Director of District Services Tankisi Masiteng has told the State Capture Commission that he submitted the proposal of the Vrede Dairy Project because the provincial legislature had passed a resolution on the project and he was presented with all the documentation.
The State Capture Inquiry has been told that Free State government is still paying R20 million annually to the Vrede Dairy project which has now been taken over by the Free State Development Cooperation.
The Public Protector says it is considering legal options – including a possible approach to the ConCourt – following the Pretoria High Court’s decision to set aside Estina Dairy Farm Project report.
Beneficiaries from the controversial Estina dairy farm project, are demanding a portion of the farm for grazing. They say they have not benefitted since the inception of the project.
The Free State government has vowed to take action against senior officials implicated in the multi-million rand dairy project in Vrede.
Estina sole Director Kamal Vasram has been granted bail of R100 000 in the Bloemfontein Regional Court. He is one of the eight people accused of looting more than R220 million of the Vrede dairy farm project.
The Free State government says it is still studying the Public Protector’s report on the Vrede Dairy Farm project.
President of labour federation SAFTU, Zwelinzima Vavi, says it’s a shame that the Vrede dairy farm in the Free State was used to benefit those who are politically connected, not the poorest of the poor.