Sue Magashule and Zwane
The final chapter of Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s State Capture Report not only recommended that former Free State Premier Ace Magashule, ‘Gupta Minister’ Mosebenzi Zwane, and Tony Gupta be investigated over the Vrede Dairy Farm Project, but also suggested that Zwane and Magashule should be sued to recover money lost as a result of their alleged conduct in relation to the alleged scam.
Legal writer Karyn Maughan points out in a News24 report that Tony Gupta is in custody at a Dubai police station. He and his brother, Atul, face possible extradition to SA in connection with the R24.9m Nulane Investment scam – which was a precursor to the alleged R280m Vrede fraud.
Magashule, meanwhile, is facing charges linked to the so-called ‘asbestos scam’. Magashule denies all wrongdoing.
Zondo has recommended that the Free State Government gets legal advice over whether it should sue Magashule and Zwane ‘to recover such monies as may be recovered from them that were lost by the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development in the Vrede Dairy Project as a result of their failure… to perform their legal obligations’.
Zondo states ’It is necessary that there be consequences for people who fail to do their job. Otherwise, this corruption and these acts of state capture are going to continue forever to the detriment of the country and all people. Neither the Provincial Legislature nor the ANC called the Premier to account for the asbestos project and the R1bn housing project debacle. Premiers must know that they must supervise the MECs and their departments.’
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