The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture resumes on Wednesday morning with evidence related to Bosasa and Vrede Dairy Farming Project.
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.
Five suspects including three government officials, a former head of the Department of Agriculture in Free State and a retiree from the same department will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning.
The State Capture Commission will on Friday hear testimony from the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Seipati Dhlamini.