The Democratic Alliance (DA) declares it has noted the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to provisionally withdraw the case against politicians and their allies implicated in the Estina Dairy farm scandal, saying the reasoning is flimsy and unconvincing.
In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Justice Glynnis Breytenbach said his party will take the matter up with acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Dr. Silas Ramaite to get an explanation regarding the withdrawal.
“The reasons provided on the decision to withdraw the matter are flimsy at best, wholly unconvincing. The NPA clearly urgently needs a new direction and sound and independent leadership,” said Breytenbach.
He said South Africans deserve better than being robbed and then having to watch the thieves run off into the sunset while NPA [without leaders] sits by and does nothing.
Breytenbach said the controversial Gupta family and their cronies still in the African National Congress parliamentary seats, literally stole from the poor to give to the rich and line the pockets of those politically connected to the ruling party.
“Those implicated will get away with crime.
An amount of R220 million was pumped into the project, with only R2 million spent on the actual farm.
The project established a dairy farm in Vrede, in the Free State, in partnership with company Estina that was linked to the controversial Gupta family.
Estina allegedly transfered money to the Guptas. The initiative was adopted by the provincial government without a tender.
Those implicated include the former Free State premier Ace Magashule and former MEC for agriculture Mosebenzi Zwane.
It will send out the message there is no accountability in South Africa for the powerful and connected political elite and no redress for those without the financial muscle to litigate alone,” said Breytenbach.
According to Breytenbach the DA has a plan to turn around our collapsing justice and hold those responsible for the capture of the state accountable.
He said the plan includes introducing mandatory lifestyle audits for political office holders and ensuring that they transparently use of public money.