- On Monday night, two known associates of the Guptas, Kamal Vasram and Saliesh Indurjeeth, were arrested in connection with the Estina Dairy farm fraud case
- The South African Revenue Service and the National Prosecuting Authority worked together to investigate the case
- Vasram and Indurjeeth appeared at the Pretoria Regional Court where they were granted R10 000 bail each
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PRETORIA - On Monday night (31 January) two known associates of the Guptas, Kamal Vasram and Saliesh Indurjeeth, were arrested in connection with the Estina Dairy farm fraud case. They were accused of R37.7 million in fraud.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) worked together to investigate the case, which led them to the suspects in question. This information was forwarded to the Zondo Commission for their State Capture Report.
Today (1 February), Vasram and Indurjeeth appeared at the Pretoria Regional Court, where they were granted R10 000 bail each, News24 reports. Their next court date will take place on 11 February 2022.
The details of the case
According to EWN, Estina Dairy Farm, directed by Vasram, submitted a fraudulent customs clearance for a pasteurisation plant worth R37.7 million to obtain a VAT refund. However, Sindisiwe Seboka from the NPA said that the value was falsified on the clearance document, as was the origin of the item.
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"We had initially stated that it was imported from the United Arab Emirates, however, through investigation it was found that it was, in fact, imported from India," Seboka said.
South Africans react to Estina Dairy Farm case
"More good news on the anti-corruption front. There's more to come from the corruption associated with Estina."
"Their plane tickets to Dubai are ready."
"They will be in Dubai tomorrow."
"Thats what we want. All money must be recovered and jail sentences must be implemented ASAP."
Lindiwe Sisulu quashes reports of Gupta meeting in Dubai: 'Desperate propaganda'
Speaking of the Guptas, Briefly News previously reported that the Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisulu is again in the spotlight, this time, over her alleged engagement with Gupta family associates while on a visit to the Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in December last year.
Following the reports, Sisulu's spokesperson Steve Motale released a statement rejecting that a meeting ever took place between her, Salim Essa's former business partner Hamza Farooqui and three other leading figures.
The minister, who recently came under fire for her comments directed at the country's judiciary in an opinion piece published on IOL, described the reports over the alleged meeting as a "smear campaign" that is doomed to fail.
Source: Briefly News