NPA drops Estina Dairy charges and South Africans want answers

29 November 2018 - 12:05
By Odwa Mjo
Estina dairy farm accused appear in court.
Image: Graeme Hosken via Twitter Estina dairy farm accused appear in court.

The National Prosecuting Authority revealed that it will temporarily drop the Estina Dairy case.

On Wednesday, Business Day reported that the NPA will dismiss their charges against the Gupta family members and their business associates for their involvement in the Estina Dairy Project scam. 

A sum of R250m meant for poor black farmers was transferred to Gupta-linked companies. 

In February, members of the Gupta family and their business associates were arrested on charges of fraud, theft, conspiracy to commit fraud and theft and contravening the Public Finance Act, among other charges for the dodgy R250m deal. 

The case was dropped on the grounds that the state was uncertain that it will have enough evidence to ensure a conviction.

The NPA said it will provisionally drop the charges as of December 4 and the case will be re-instated once more information is obtained. 

Many on Twitter were not impressed with the NPA's decision: