South Africa: State Capture Witness Claims Vrede Cops Turned Him Away When He Reported Harassment From Zwane’s ‘Personal Force’

The Vrede police station in the Free State has been called out yet again for ignoring political cases relating to the Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm project, the state capture commission of inquiry heard on Thursday.

Former DA councillor Doctor Radebe was attacked by a group of people he referred to as “[former agriculture MEC] Mosebenzi Zwane’s personal force” after he reported that cattle carcasses had been dumped at a stream in Vrede.

“I was attacked personally by people I believe were Zwane’s personal force,” Radebe told the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

“He [Xhasa] said such cases do not fall in their office and informed me that a certain official from Bethlehem would deal with it as this was a political case – even today, these people from Bethlehem never came back to me,” he told the commission.