One of the beneficiaries of the controversial Estina dairy project claims that Mosebenzi Zwane took his church choir to India instead of farmers. This comes as the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture probes the Gupta-linked project.
Makhosini Dhlamini, one of the beneficiaries in the Estina dairy project, has accused former agriculture MEC Mosebenzi Zwane of taking his church choir to India instead of farmers.
Dlamini told the State Capture Inquiry that the farmers who had been chosen as beneficiaries of the infamous project were meant to be taken to India in order to get training.
The witness told the Inquiry that some farmers had been forced to sell their beef cattle in order to purchase dairy cattle, with promises that they would be able to obtain shares in the project, reports EWN.
Dlamini is adamant that numerous farmers had incurred financial losses in this respect, saying that:
“Mr Zwane never took farmers for training, instead he took his choir to India.”
For Dhlamini, the project had been a beacon of hope in a community plagued by unemployment:
“There is a high unemployment rate and mostly people are working in the farms and are earning far less. You need to be very creative in making money; most people are working outside Vrede to make money."
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