Former Free State head of the Department of Agriculture – Peter Thabethe has been granted bail of R10 000 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. His case has been postponed to the 5th of July.

He appeared briefly with Gupta associate businessman, Iqbal Sharma to apply for bail. They were arrested on Wednesday with former rural development head Limakatso Moorosi and former Agriculture CFO Seipati Dhlamini on fraud, corruption and money laundering charges relating to R24.9 million that was paid by the Department of Agriculture to conduct a feasibility study on potential farming projects in the Free State.

Moorosi and Dhlamini’s bail has aslo been extended to 5 July.

They were granted bail of R10 000 each last week. The duo appeared briefly with Thabethe and Sharma.

They are accused of fraud, corruption and money laundering for allegedly colluding to divert funds earmarked for rural development in the Free State. NPA Investigating Directorate spokesperson Sindisiwe Seboka says they intended to oppose bail.


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