NPA provisionally drops Estina Diary Farm charges

Seven of the eight subjects who appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on corruption charges.

Seven of the eight subjects who appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on corruption charges.

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JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority has notified the Gupta family lawyers of their intent to provisionally withdraw charges against those involved in the Estina dairy project probe.

The NPA said this is due to outstanding legal assistance from the UAE and India.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku says the case can continue at a later stage once the investigation can be finalised.

The NPA confirmed that the authority's written to inform the Gupta family lawyers that the case will be dropped on 4 December.

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The nephew of the controversial Gupta brothers, Varun Gupta; former Oakbay CEO, Ronica Ragavan; former Sahara executive, Ashu Chawla; former TNA media executive, Nazeem Howa; Estina director, Kamal Vasram; and three Free State provincial government officials -- Peter Thabethe; Sylvia Dlamini; and Takisi Masiteng -- were previously released on bail ranging from between R10,000 and R200,000.

READ: NPA confident Estina investigation will be concluded

They faced charges of fraud, theft, conspiracy to commit fraud and theft, contravening the Public Finance Management Act, contravening the Companies Act and contravening sections of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

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