Public Protector Mkhwebane may challenge the Vrede Dairy report ruling

Public Protector Mkhwebane may challenge the Vrede Dairy report ruling

- The Public Protector may challenge a court ruling yesterday which found her Estina report to be unconstitutional

- This came after the DA and Casac argued that Mkhwebane had not interviewed certain individuals linked to the scandal

- A challenge from the Public Protector could see the matter taken up before the Constitutional Court

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is considering challenging the High Court ruling which found her report on the Estina dairy farm saga to be invalid.

The North Gauteng High Court found that Mkhwebane had failed to perform her duties.

As a result, the court set her report aside.

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The report concerned the Estina dairy farm scandal, which involves millions of Rands being siphoned off to a Gupta-linked company.

The money was intended for use by emerging black farmers. Reportedly, some of these looted funds were spent on the Guptas' lavish 2013 wedding in Sun City.

A court application was brought against the report by the DA and and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), according to eNCA.

They took issue with the report, claiming that Mkhwebane had failed to investigate or interview several leading government officials who were implicated in the Estina fraud and money-laundering.

The court ruled yesterday that the report was unconstitutional and invalid.

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This may not be the end of the legal battles surrounding the report, however. The Public Protector has indicated that she may challenge the ruling, which may see the case brought before the Constitutional Court.

A spokesperson for Mkhwebane said that the court's ruling could be viewed as condoning maladministration, has gathered.

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