JOHANNESBURG - The commission of inquiry into state capture will on Monday hear testimony on alleged fraud and corruption in the Free State Estina dairy project where over R200 million meant for emerging black farmers was allegedly looted by officials and the fugitive Gupta family.
The commission is scheduled to hear evidence from DA member of the Free State legislature Roy Jankielsohn and Albertus Venter, a deputy director in the premier's office.
Ex-cabinet minister Mosebenzi Zwane was Free State MEC for agriculture in 2013 when the Gupta-linked company, Estina, was announced by then premier Ace Magashule as the entity in partnership with the provincial government in a dairy farm project in Vrede.
It was claimed that more than R200 million was poured into the project, while only R2 million was spent on the actual dairy farm project. Most of the money allegedly went to Gupta bank accounts, with some of it used to pay for a lavish Gupta family wedding at Sun City resort in 2013. The leaked internal Gupta emails, called the GuptaLeaks, showed that at least R30 million of the money funded the wedding.
Magashule was elected secretary general of the governing African National Congress in 2017.