DA to Take Public Protector Vrede Dairy Farm Report on Review

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The Democratic Alliance will this week launch a court application for a review of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on the Vrede dairy project which siphoned millions of state funds into the hands of the Guptas.

The party's Deidre Carter says that politicians must be held accountable.

He also said the report was not sent to the DA as the original complainant, as was past practice.

"We had expected some form of real justice for them, but this report has bitterly disappointed us and them".

According to News24, he said the party's lawyers were now drafting papers, and the application would be launched later in the week in the North Gauteng High Court.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has chose to urgently call the Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane to appear before the Committee to explain her statements in public over the recent weeks.

"There has been a large amount of evidence of grand corruption and money laundering relating to Vrede that is already in the public domain".

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A further ground would be that the the remedial action ordered by the public protector - that Magashule institute disciplinary action against an official implicated in the project - is a conflict of interest since Magashule is implicated in the report. "It is woefully inadequate", Selfe said.

She will appear in Parliament on Wednesday.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has called Mkwhebane's Vrede report a whitewash of corruption‚ saying it ignored leaked e-mails that had showed how the Gupta family was linked to the project.

Last month, the Hawks also conducted search and seizure operations at both Magashule's offices and the provincial office of the department of agriculture.

The investigators in the matter reportedly found that the minister, who had had influence in the Free State agriculture department at the time of the payments to Estina, had given the instruction to make the R220-million payment straight from the state coffers.

An affidavit used to secure search and seizure warrants last month revealed that the Free State's agricultural department - under then MEC Mosebenzi Zwane - paid R220-million to the Guptas, in what the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) called a "scheme created to defraud and steal monies from the department".

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