Former Free State Agriculture HOD, Peter Thabethe, has told the State Capture Commission that his choice of PARAS as a strategic partner in the controversial Estina dairy project, was based on desktop research. PARAS is an India based dairy company. Thabethe has been implicated as one Estina farm project role-players. He was quizzed on the R200 million of public funds meant to benefit emerging farmers in Vrede. The money ended up with Gupta linked companies.
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