#EstinaDairyFarm accused 8 receive bail of R10 000 – R200 000,except for one

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Free State Agriculture’s Peter Thabathe, Sylvia Dlamini and seven others that appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today were granted bail of either R10 000 to R20 000, depending on their means.

The state cited that it was not in the interests of justice to deny the accused bail as the addresses of most of those who were accused were able to be confirmed.

It was only with Kamal Vasram that bail was denied as the state had been able to confirm everyone else’s addresses except for his. Earlier on during the bail application, Vasram, who is the only director at the Estina Dairy Farm project, offered the state R10 000 bail and said that he only earns R15 000 in his capacity as a director. The state now waits for Vasram’s verified address and the matter surrounding his bail application is expected to be finalized by 15h00/.

Others cited that they were not flight risks, health reasons and their belief that the state does not have a strong case on them as reasons why they were applying for bail.

The investigation into the matter continues and this case has been postponed until 17 August 2018.

Pulane Choane- pulane@centralmediagroup.co.za