Hawks raid Estina dairy farm to knock final nail in corruption case

The Hawks have confirmed that they are conducting search and seizure operations at the offices of the Free State Premier Ace Magashule as well as the Agriculture Department.

The investigation relates to the Estina dairy farm project near Vrede, in which the Guptas allegedly pocketed millions.

EWN reporter Barry Bateman says about R200 million was pumped into this project which was aimed to help black emerging farmers, but the money was allegedly diverted to the Gupta family. Less than 1 percent of the money was spent on the black farmers, he adds.

We know that about R115 million was siphoned through a Gupta owned shelf company to Dubai.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

We also know that Atul Gupta scored himself a cool R10 million out of this deal.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

So this is why this particular farm goes to the heart of state capture. We've got the Guptas benefiting through a project meant for the poor emerging farmers, facilitated by politicians in the Free State.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

According to Bateman R30 million that was intended for the farm was used to pay for a wedding in Sun City.

The Guptas made headlines when they landed their private jet at the Waterkloof Airforce Base in 2013 for guests who were attending this lavish wedding.

He says the Hawks spokesperson said that they were looking for specific documents as well as electronics. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed the raid of the Estina dairy farm.

This is just the final part. We wanted to make sure that we cement the docket that we will be taking to the NPA for a decision soon.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks spokesperson

There are specific documents that we are looking for that will clearly show the corruption that was taking place. Our corruption Unit is being assisted by Cyber Crime in making sure that we finalise everything today.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks spokesperson

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