Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is in the spotlight over her controversial report on the Vrede dairy project, which was allegedly used to channel millions of rand to the Gupta family. Her report is to be taken on judicial review by the DA, which says it regards the report as a “disgraceful whitewash”. Parliament’s justice and correctional services committee will question Mkhwebane on Wednesday about her report. The project to establish the dairy farm in Vrede in the Free State, in partnership with Estina, saw R220m being channeled to the project with no benefit being derived by members of the local community. Instead, about R84m made its way into the offshore bank accounts of the Guptas, and some of it was used to fund a family wedding. Mkhwebane laid all the blame for irregularities associated with the project on the head of the Free State agriculture and rural development department, Peter Thabethe. She made no findings against the agriculture MEC at the time, Mosebenzi Zwane,...

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