FS Legislature’s investigation into #VredeDairy almost complete

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The Free State Legislature’s investigation into the controversial multi million rand Vrede Dairy Project is almost complete.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for Public Accounts, Neels van Rooyen, says so far members of the joint committee – set up to investigate the project – already did an in loco inspection at the farm. Several departments – including provincial treasury and the Free State Development Corporation – are set to appear in front of the committee on Wednesday.

Months after the offices of the Free State Agricultural Department and that of former Free State Premier Ace Magashule were raided by the Hawks as part of an investigation into this project, the legislature’s investigation is still ongoing. This flagship project of the provincial government was allegedly used to siphon millions of rands from the provincial government, under the guise of empowering locals as dairy farmers.

It is alleged that more than R220 million earmarked for this was looted from the province of which over R30 million was used to fund the Gupta Sun City Wedding.