State Capture Inquiry to hear corruption related testimony in Free State government

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The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is set to resume on Tuesday morning with testimony into allegations of corruption in the Free State government.

John Matlakala, the Director of Supply Chain Management in the provincial department of Human Settlements, is expected to testify.

The Commission will also hear from Jacobus Roets who is an asbestos expert.

Judge’s postponement bid denied

On Tuesday, Judge Tintswalo Makhubele was denied another postponement by the Commission’s Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Zondo expressed concern about the reasons for seeking the postponement, saying the judge had several months to prepare.

Tintswalo has been implicated by various witnesses for alleged corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

Makhubele failed to appear before the Commission in July.

She is expected to continue with her testimony on Wednesday.

Free State’s controversial Estina dairy farm project

The controversial Estina dairy farm project in Vrede in the Free State was under the spotlight last year in at the Commission.

One of the witnesses was the province’s former finance MEC Elzabe Rockman, who testified about the department’s role in the funding of the failed project, related to a Gupta-linked company Estina.

This after over R200-million in public funds were channelled towards the Estina dairy farm project.

The provincial government had promoted it as a tool that would benefit black emerging farmers.

The video below takes a look at some highlights of the farm project as it was under the spotlight at the Commission last year: