With the Zondo Commission of Inquiry zoning in on the Gupta-linked Estina project, witnesses have come forward to testify of a gross misuse of government power. Doctor Radebe, a farmer associated with the dairy project, has come forward to tell his version of events.
Doctor Radebe, an emerging black farmer from the Free State, testified today how services were denied to those who did not express support for the ANC.
Radebe told the Zondo Inquiry that this had resulted in the death of at least 45 heads of his cattle, a vital source of income for the farmer.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the inquiry was investigating how the project, meant to benefit emerging black farmers, was instead used to siphon funds to a Gupta-linked company.
Radebe explained that farmers were forced to show their allegiance to the ANC in order to get state support.
This, Zondo heard, went as far as having security preventing certain individuals from accessing the state veterinary physician
“The extension officer did have his database of the farmers, but I was taken out of the database after this gentleman got into that office because we had some political differences… you couldn’t get into the office if you were not pro-ANC."
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