Finally, the Estina Dairy Project is back on track for trial
A series of embarrassing court defeats later, the NPA says it now has the info it needs to show where all the money went
The Estina Dairy Project court matter was meant to be the hallmark “state capture” prosecution, one that would ensure justice for dozens of poor black farmers allegedly robbed of state funding.
Instead, and after a series of humiliating court defeats for the National Prosecuting Authority, the Estina case against a Gupta family member and its associates was dropped in November 2018 – because the state was unable to obtain bank statements it needed as evidence from the United Arab Emirates. As a result, it was unable to finalise its indictment.
Now, nearly a year later and following the appointment of Shamila Batohi as national director of public prosecutions, the NPA has made it clear that the Estina Dairy Project prosecution is “not dead” and is expected to be re-enrolled for trial within the coming months...