#StateCaptureInquiry: Zondo describes self-monitoring #Estina system as strange

The Chairperson of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector has queried the logic of why the controversial Estina Dairy Project was seemingly left to its own devices.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo asked the former Head of Free State Agriculture, Peter Thabethe, to clarify on why the project was not monitored by the Department of Agriculture. In response, Thabethe said what the department intended was to allow Estina to have its own, internal monitoring system.

Thabethe says in terms of the Agricultural Act there are issues the department must monitor compliance on. “The Department itself had a right to monitor Estina’s performance and that Estina should have also internally monitored its performance,” Zondo asked whether the state lawyers were advised on this agreement.

Thabethe is giving testimony on his alleged involvement in the wrongdoing regarding the project where millions of rands were allegedly directed to the pockets of the notorious Gupta family.