- The North Gauteng High Court has found Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on the Estina scandal to be unconstitutional
- The report concerned the extensive money-laundering that took place under the project
- R200 million in public funds was siphoned off to a Gupta-linked company
The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that the Public Protector's report concerning the Estian dairy farm project is invalid and must be set aside.
This follows an application brought to the court by the DA and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution.
They claimed the report was invalid as none of the implicated politicians had been interviewed.
The Estina saga involves R200 million intended for use by black farmers which was siphoned to Estina, which is associated with the Gupta family. Indeed, some of this money was allegedly spent on the Guptas' lavish Sun City wedding in 2013, according to Eyewitness News.
The DA and CASAC argued in court that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane failed to adequately perform her duties because she did not investigate several senior government figures who were linked to the extensive fraud and money-laundering that took place under the auspices of the Estina project.
Mkhwebane released her report on the Estina scandal last year after inheriting the investigation from her predecessor.
However, the High Court found this week that Mkhwebane had acted irrationally by not pursuing a complaint made in 2016 about the Estina debacle.
As a result, her report on the Estina project has been found to be unconstitutional. Judgment on costs has been reserved for the time being, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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