Gupta-linked associates in court for Vrede farm project

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The suspects who are appearing in the Bloemfontein magistrate's court on charges linking them to the R220-million Estina Dairy Project scandal.

The suspects who are appearing in the Bloemfontein magistrate's court on charges linking them to the R220-million Estina Dairy Project scandal.

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BLOEMFONTEIN - The Hawks has served warrants of arrest on 13 people linked to the Estina Dairy scandal, including members of the Gupta family.

Two are still being sought, with eight already arrested.

Seven people appeared in the Bloemfontein regional court on Thursday.

They will face charges linked to the R220-million Estina Dairy Project scandal.

Three suspects are reportedly outside the country, and arrangements are being made to ensure they stand trial.

No names have been released, but the priority crime investigative unit is expected to name the two still being sought locally.

The Estina project allegedly saw hundreds of millions of rand meant for poor black farmers, being redirected to Gupta family and business bank accounts.