‘Name Dropping’ Could Have Helped Gupta Linked Company

31 May 2013      


The IFP demands that the Free State Provincial Department of Agriculture reveal all information to do with the Gupta linked company, Estina, which may have obtained the contract of the multi-million Rand state-funded dairy farm fraudulently.


IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Inkosi RN Cebekhulu MP, said, "We were made to believe that the state had bought farms for emerging black farmers to benefit. Yet the company, Estina, has a director who has no farming background and works in IT. This inexperienced individual cannot be relied upon to fight for the interest of black farmers."


Too many questions hang over the appointment of Estina by the provincial department, which seems to have given the contract to the company under suspicious circumstances.


"There is suspicion that this private company is one of the many Gupta family businesses. The department should also reveal which other companies had put in bids for this project and explain how they were disqualified from obtaining the contract. The awarding of the contract could have easily been influenced by "name dropping" by the Guptas," said Cebekhulu.


Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture Inkosi RN Cebekhulu MP, 082 975 5107 


IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252