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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is dropping its hallmark state capture case against Gupta family members and business associates accused of involvement in the alleged Estina Dairy Project scam, but has stressed that this doesn’t mean that the prosecution is dead. The Estina case was one of two state capture prosecutions taken to trial by the NPA. The withdrawal of the charges — in circumstances where it’s unclear whether the state will get the evidence it needs to ensure convictions — is a blow for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign to clean up rampant state corruption. The president is set to announce the new National Director of Public of Prosecutions in the coming weeks. The NPA notified lawyers for the Guptas and their associates of its decision in a letter sent to them on Wednesday, in which the prosecuting authority stated that it “has not received information regarding the Mutual Legal Assistance requests made to India and the United Arab Emirates, as a result the ...

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