Public Protector promises to investigate Ace Magashule in Estina matter

Public Protector promises to investigate Ace Magashule in Estina matter

- Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she has relaunched an investigation into the Estina saga

- This comes after the courts found serious flaws in her initial report

- The judge was damning in his ruling against the Public Protector

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane has promised to renew investigations into those linked to the Estina dairy farm scandal. 

This follows the Public Protector's recent legal defeat over the investigation.

The judge found serious issues with her investigation and accused Mkhwebane of having "failed the people of South Africa".

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In her report, Mkhwebane did not find wrongdoing any government officials involved in the Estina project, which was supported by the Free State provincial government, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

This despite there being significant evidence implicating ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule (who served as Free State premier) at the time, as well as former minister Mosebenzi Zwane, according to The South African.

Oupa Segalwe, a spokesperson for Mkhwebane, has said that the Public protector may challenge the ruling against her. Additionally, Segalwe said that Mkhwebane had launched a new investigation into the Estina case.

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The Estina project was established with the goal of empowering small-scale farmers in the Free State. R220 million of state funds was set aside for this purpose but almost none of it made its way to the farmers. Instead, most of it was allegedly siphoned off to Gupta-linked companies and individuals. 

One of the major criticism of Mkhwebane's Estina report was that she failed to include the Guptas in her findings.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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