DA leader Mmusi Maimane has described the public protector’s report on the Gupta-linked Vrede dairy farm project as a whitewash of corruption. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane quietly released the report on Friday. It did not take into account the widely published Gupta-leak e-mails‚ which showed how the Gupta family was linked to the project. Maimane said in statement on Friday that it was mind-boggling that after an investigation spanning almost four years‚ Mkhwebane found only that the Free State department of agriculture contravened the prescripts of the Public Finance Management Act. "There has been a large amount of evidence of grand corruption and money laundering relating to [the] Vrede [dairy project] that is already in the public domain‚" he said. "Yet none of this seems to have been investigated by the public protector." He said the report was "nothing more than a whitewash of a grand project of corruption and looting". "Neither the people of Vrede or the Free State ar...

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