UPDATE: Gupta aide, ex-agriculture officials arrested over Estina project

Date: 02 Jun 2021

Iqbal Sharma, Peter Thabethe, Dr Limakatso Moorosi and Seipati Dlamini are due in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

A high-profile businessman linked to the fugitive Gupta brothers and three former Free State agriculture department officials were arrested on Wednesday morning, in connection with the failed R288 million Estina dairy project in Vrede.

Iqbal Sharma is alleged to be one of kingpins of the Gupta network while Peter Thabethe and Dr Limakatso Moorosi are former heads of the department, while Seipati Dlamini is the department’s former chief financial officer (CFO).

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The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Investigating Directorate (ID) confirmed the four would appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

“The arrest of a fifth suspect is imminent,” ID spokesperson Sindisiwe Seboka said in a statement.

 Seboka said the accused were arrested in Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga.

By Citizen reporter -  Additional reporting by News24 Wire

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