The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says it was not furnished with the list of beneficiaries of the Vrede dairy project in Free State.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office says it will seek leave to appeal the ruling of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
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.
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.
Free State Treasury would not have been aware of the operational issues at the Vrede Dairy Project in 2013. That is according to former MEC for Finance in the Free State, Elizabeth Rockman.
The former head of the Free State Agriculture Department, Peter Thabethe, has detailed his visit to the Paras dairy company in India in 2012, in which he and Gupta ally, Ashok Narayan, went to see the New Delhi processing facility.
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.