Agriculture Department Never Saw Beneficiary List, Signed Contracts, Zondo Commission Hears

  |   Sanews

An official from the national Department of Agriculture told the Zondo commission that they were never provided with the list of 80 beneficiaries or signed contracts for the controversial Vrede dairy farm project.

This was revealed after evidence leader advocate Leah Gcabashe SC probed whether the witness ever saw the so-called contracts.

"We were not shown the contracts.

"As I indicated, we did not get the list of beneficiaries. When we left, we agreed with the HOD [head of department] that there was a list but he did not talk about contracts. Maybe, they entered into it later but he [former Free State HOD Dr Tankisi Masiteng] did not mention it," the department's programme management co-ordinator, Elder Mtshiza, told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Tuesday.

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