26 March 2018
Bloemfontein: On Friday, 09th February 2018, the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report titled; Allegations of maladministration against the Free State Department of Agriculture – Vrede Integrated Dairy Project.
The Public Protector’s Report had given the Office of the Premier, 30 working days to submit an Implementation Plan which would detail plans to deal with findings as well as remedial actions contained in the Report. The deadline for the submission of the report was yesterday.
Yesterday, 26th March 2018, the Office of the Premier submitted an Implementation Plan to the Office of the Public Protector regarding the Vrede Dairy Report. The Implementation Plan also relates to steps that would be taken to initiate disciplinary action (s) against implicated individuals.
The Free State Provincial Government shall continue to cooperate with all law enforcement agencies regarding the Vrede Dairy and any other investigation. It is in the interest of the Free State Provincial Government that this matter is brought to its finality.