File: The failed dairy project saw around a R100-million meant for poor farmers - being siphoned off by Gupta associates and Free State officials.
JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have conducted search and seizure raids at the Free State agriculture department and the Premier&39;s office.
BREAKING: Hawks confirm officials are busy conducting search and seizure raids at the Free State Premiers Office anc Dept of Agriculture - linked to the EstinaDairyProject investigation.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 26, 2018
They will meet with Vrede beneficiaries tomorrow.
The raids are in connection with the Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project probe.
Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said they were looking specifically for documents.
The Hawks are expected to meet with the intended beneficiaries of the project on Saturday.
The Director-General of the Free State Provincial Government, Kopung Ralikontsane, confirmed to OFM that the Hawks have served them with a search warrant.
He also confirmed that the raids relate to the Vrede Dairy project&39;s investigations. Ralikontsane says the provincial government is corporating with the Hawks.
Former ANC Free State provincial secretary, William Bulwane, as said the raids do not mean that anyone has been found guilty of a criminal offense.
Bulwane says the raids on the offices of the premier and the provincial Agriculture Department are being blown out of proportion.
The ANC wants the law to takes its course before the party takes action against Ace Magashule.
According to Khusela Diko, ANC Communications Manager, it is not fair to "cast doubt or aspersions" on any ANC officials while law enforcement agencies are still investigating.
BREAKING: I’ve just confirmed with Ephraim Dhlamini, one of the intended beneficiaries of the EstinaDairy Farm in Vrede that the Hawks have contacted them & will be coming to take their statements this weekend. @eNCA pic.twitter.com/K1dkPzWLP6— Michael (@TheMikeAppel) January 26, 2018
Hawks spokesperson says he doesn’t want to “name names” connected to EstinaDairyProject. “But we are going to make announcements that will shake this country”.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 26, 2018
Hawks says they have been seizing documents, computers - and also may be downloading material from cell phones.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) January 26, 2018
Investigation at an advanced stage. EstinaDairyProject
@karynmaughan provides analysis on the Hawks&39; current search and seizure raids at the Free State Agriculture Department and Premier&39;s office, linked to the EstinaDairyProject investigation. Courtesy DStv403 pic.twitter.com/DqtUjxXij7— eNCA (@eNCA) January 26, 2018
@XoliMngambi joins @karynmaughan and @ShahanR in studio to provide further analysis on the Hawks&39; current raids at the Free State Agriculture Department and Premier&39;s office, linked to the EstinaDairyProject investigation. Courtesy DStv403 pic.twitter.com/mAtzZ1I8tU— eNCA (@eNCA) January 26, 2018
ANC Communications Manager, Khusela Diko, provides reaction to the Hawks&39; search and seizure raids at the Free State Agriculture Department and the Premier&39;s office. Courtesy DStv403 pic.twitter.com/zctFlYzZw4— eNCA (@eNCA) January 26, 2018