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