Bloemfontein - Eight suspects linked to the Gupta brothers will be back in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday to face fraud and corruption case in which more than R200 million was allegedly defrauded from the Estina Diary Farm in Free State.
Former Oakbay CEO Nazeem Howa, Varun Gupta, the nephew of the Gupta brothers, Oakbay, former Sahara Computers CEO Ashu Chawla, Estina director Kamal Vasram and three Free State provincial government officials Peter Thabethe, Sylvia Dlamini and Takisi Masiteng will make their first appearance in court.
All the accused were arrested and released in February on bail ranging from R10 000 and R200 000.
They face charges of fraud, theft, conspiracy to commit fraud and theft, contravening the Public Finance Management Act, contravening the Companies Act and contravening sections of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
The matter is linked to a Free State government dairy project awarded to the company Estina‚ under which the dodgy Gupta-linked Vrede Dairy farm project was conducted.