Hawks continue Vrede farm interviews


File: The failed dairy project saw around a R100-million meant for poor farmers - being siphoned off by Gupta associates and Free State officials.

VREDE - The Hawks will continue taking statements from the intended beneficiaries of the Gupta-linked Estina Dairy Farm project in Vrede in the Free State on Sunday.

Following the Hawks’ raid on the Free State Premier and Agriculture Department’s offices on Friday, it spent much of Saturday interviewing people who were earmarked to benefit from the multi-million rand empowerment project that never materialised.

About 80 people showed up to make their voices heard. They arrived one by one at the Vrede Police Station.

READ: Half of Vrede beneficiaries interviewed by the Hawks

The Hawks’ raid on those believed to be implicated in the project has bolstered its image.

But a former local councillor who objected to the project from the beginning now wants to follow through.

“There are so many people who wrongfully benefited from this project and if the Hawks can come down to the people on the ground, people will show them who are the ones who benefitted from that dairy," said Doctor Radebe.

“The Hawks mustn’t just go to the crime scene. They must arrest people," he said.

The Hawks will continue taking statements until all of the intended beneficiaries have been interviewed.