The Free State government says it is very concerned about the Public Protector’s report on the Estina Dairy Farm in Vrede.
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane highlighted procurement irregularities and maladministration in connection with the project.

The project was meant to have benefited 100 people but it is alleged that over R200 million was channeled to the Gupta linked Estina company’s account.

The provincial government says it will abide with Public Protector’s report.

“We’ve got 30 days to go back to her and give her our implementation plan of her remedial action. We will do so, we will sit and finalise our implementation plan and submit it to the Public Protector accordingly,” said Free State Director General, Kopung Ralikontsane.

The EFF earlier said it was disappointed with the Public Protector’s report as it sought to exonerate Premier Ace Magashule.
The DA has threatened to take the report on review.

Both parties described the Public Protector’s investigation as a whitewash of corruption.

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