Johannesburg - Free State social development MEC Mamiki Qabathe hurled insults at aggrieved Vrede Dairy Farm beneficiaries for speaking to media on the botched project that saw more than R200 million allegedly looted by provincial officials and the fugitive Gupta family.
The state capture commission on Tuesday heard evidence from one of the intended beneficiaries Ephraim Dhlamini, a resident at Thembalihle township in Vrede. He told the commission about several meetings held with officials that yielded nothing for Vrede's emerging black farmers.
The failed project was cancelled in 2014 and the Free State development Corporation (FDC) took over running the farm.
Qabathe, who had taken over as agriculture MEC from Mosebenzi Zwane, went to Vrede to confront beneficiaries who spoke to media complaining about the project that never benefited residents and black farmers as it was initially intended, Dhlamini said.
"She called us to a meeting to confront us for speaking to newspapers ... that was the reason she came. She said nothing good but went on telling us about how she got her position [as MEC] and that she had been in the organisation [African National Congress] for a very long time," Dhlamini said.