Court declares Mkhwebane's Vrede report unconstitutional

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on the Vrede Dairy Project is declared unconstitutional and invalid. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane's Vrede dairy farm project report has been declared unconstitutional, invalid and set aside.

The court application which was brought by the Democratic Alliance and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution argued that Mkhwebane had not interviewed senior politicians implicated in the agriculture project.

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In the report released in 2017, Mkhwebane found that the Free State Department of Agriculture was guilty of maladministration as proper processes were not followed in the tender agreement between Estina and the department.

The court has reserved judgment on costs.

The Vrede Dairy Project report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been declared unconstitutional and invalid. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria also ruled to set aside the report on the Free State based farm. Courtesy #DStv403