UPDATE: Magashule's office will cooperate with Hawks probe

Johannesburg, 26 January 2018 –Hawks investigators are currently raiding the Free State premier’s office and agriculture department as part of their probe into the Gupta-linked Estina Dairy project.​ Video: eNCA
File: The Hawks have confirmed they're conducting search and seizure raids at the Free State Agriculture Department and premier's office. Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla

JOHANNESBURG - Free State Premier Ace Magashule's office said it would cooperate will law enforcement authorities doing investigations into the Gupta-linked Estina Dairy Project.

The Hawks on Friday conducted a search and seizure raid at Magashule's office, who is also the new Secretary-General of the African National Congress.

The Hawks, who have also raided the offices of the provinces agriculture department, said the raid was linked to their probe into the Estina Dairy Project, allegedly used to syphon millions of rand from the provincial government under the guise of empowering locals as dairy farmers.

Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said they are looking specifically for documents to take to the NPA with the hope that this matter will be finalised.

READ: Hawks raid Free State agriculture department, premier's office

Last week, the National Prosecuting Authority’s asset forfeiture unit seized the Gupta-linked farm in an effort to recover more than R1-billion in looted funds.

Earlier this week, Magashule denied any wrongdoing, saying the law must be allowed to take its course.

"Whether it’s with Vrede Dairy or any other thing, the law must actually take its place. So let’s leave that matter, it’s with the NPA, it’s with the law enforcers," Magashule told reporters at a briefing.

"Whatever happens, we are actually reiterating the stance of the ANC that we need to fight corruption wherever it rears its head.”

African News Agency

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