NPA admits it needs to bolster forensic capabilities in Estina Dairy Farm probe

The High Court in Bloemfontein ruled on Monday that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the accused in the Estina matter may be successfully prosecuted on the evidence presented in court.

FILE: National Prosecuting Authority offices in Pretoria. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority remains confident it has a strong case in the Estina Dairy Farm investigation but admits it needs to strengthen its forensic capabilities.

The High Court in Bloemfontein ruled on Monday that there are no reasonable grounds to believe the accused in the Estina matter may be successfully prosecuted on the evidence presented in court.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit had obtained a preservation order against assets worth an estimated R250 million linked to Gupta-linked companies, their directors and three Free State government officials.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says they have accepted that the ruling was a major setback in the fight against crime.

“The public must understand the criminal case still stands and our prosecutors are confident that they have the reasonable prospect of a successful prosecution.”

But Mfaku acknowledged their shortcomings.

“We accept we need to strengthen our forensic expertise in terms of following these transactions.”

He says this order has no bearing on the criminal matter still to be heard.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)