The Estina dairy scam case was meant to be a hallmark “state capture” prosecution that would ensure justice for dozens of poor black farmers robbed of state funding that was earmarked for their empowerment but reportedly ended up partly funding a lavish Gupta family wedding.

Instead, the case against a Gupta family member and associates was dropped in November 2018 — because the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was unable to obtain bank statements it needed as evidence from the United Arab Emirates. As a result, it was unable to finalise its indictment.

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