Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor's Vrede re­port 'an in­sult to in­tel­li­gence of all South Africans' - SAFTU

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CAPE TOWN - The South African Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions has strongly con­demned the Vrede In­te­grated Dairy Project re­port by Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane into al­le­ga­tions of mal ad­min­is­tra­tion against the Free State Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

“The re­port is an in­sult to the in­tel­li­gence of all South Africans, which con­firms the view that she has be­trayed the prin­ci­ples of her of­fice, and who has been cap­tured by those cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als she is sup­posed to be ex pos­ing ,” said act­ing SA FT U spokesper­son Pa­trick Craven in a state­ment.

Craven said Mkhwe­bane failed to men­tion any­thing about the al­le­ga­tions in the #Gup­taLeaks that the “ir­reg­u­lar” trans­ac­tions that she re­ferred to in­cluded pay­ing R30m to fund the Gup­tas’ Sun City wed­ding.

“She makes no ref­er­ence to the court pa­pers filed by the NPA’s As­set For­fei­ture Unit show­ing that of the R220m of gov­ern­ment money given to Estina for the project, only R2m went to the Vrede Dairy Farm it­self,” he said.

“The rest was chan­nelled to the Gup­tas and their as­so­ci­ates, with R10m land­ing straight into the per­sonal bank ac­count of Atul Gupta, R19m be­ing used to buy lux­ury cars, R30 mil­lion as a de­posit for a pri­vate jet and R100m which went to var­i­ous Gupta com­pa­nies,” said Craven.

Craven said Mkhwe­bane’s re­port was noth­ing but a fee­ble at­tempt to ex­on­er­ate the main po­lit­i­cally prom­i­nent fig­ures in the scan­dal, and switch at­ten­tion on to mi­nor play­ers who had com­mit­ted rel­a­tively mi­nor of­fences and were now con­ve­nient scape­goats.

Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane.

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