- New evidence has reportedly come to light regarding the Estina dairy farm fraud
- Estina, which has links to the Guptas, is alleged to have stolen millions from the Free State Department of Agriculture
- The money was intended to help poor farmers, but almost none of it reached them
The DA has urged new NPA head Shamila Batohi to reinstate charges against the Guptas relating to the Estina dairy farm fraud scandal.
This comes after new evidence materialised regarding the scheme.
The Free State Department of Agriculture gave Estina over R300 million, supposedly to be used to upgrade the farm facilities.
However, new evidence shows that this money was then siphoned off to a bank account located in India.
This project was part of a scheme to upgrade farms in the Free State, to the tune of hundreds of millions of rands. However, it has been reported that only R2 million ever made it to the farms.
As a result, the underprivileged people who were meant to benefit from the project received nothing.
The initiative was supposed to be handled by a company called Estina, which is associated with the Gupta family. Estine received the contract, despite having no experience or expertise in the area.
After the incident, the NPA opened charges against the Guptas, but later withdrew them, according to Netwerk24.
After the new evidence surfaced regarding the bank accounts, however, the DA has requested that the charges be reinstated, according to IOL.
"The DA trusts that Adv. Batohi will prove her independence and transparency in this matter by reinstating these charges," a spokesperson for the party said.
This comes as part of the mounting pressure on Batohi from both opposition parties and the public to prosecute those implicated in corruption and state capture.
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