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ANC assures FS members it will address concerns over asbestos, Estina projects

Members were protesting outside the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Monday.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe accepts a memorandum of demands from protesting Free State ANC members at the party's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg on 19 October 2020. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has assured its Free State (FS) members that it will respond timeously to their concerns regarding the failed asbestos and Estina dairy farm projects in the province.

Members have been protesting outside the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Monday.

Several Free State ANC and government officials are implicated in connection with the failed multimillion-rand projects.

- READ: FS ANC members want action against those implicated in Estina, asbestos projects

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been investigating the failed Gupta-linked Estina dairy farm scandal as well as the asbestos project.

Angry ANC Free State members demanded that action be taken against officials implicated in the failed multimillion-rand asbestos and Estina dairy farm projects.

They want the national working committee currently meeting to consider taking action against those implicated.

- ALSO READ: NPA to continue seizing accused assets in FS asbestos corruption case

They handed over a memorandum of demands to ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe who accepted the petition on behalf of the party.

“We have received your concerns, I will be reporting to the leaders of the African National Congress.”

But some protesters were not impressed with Mabe’s response.

“You must attend to that memorandum as soon as possible,” one protestor said.

- ALSO READ: Did Estina have its own money to invest in the Vrede dairy project?

However, Mabe said he could not make a commitment as to when they would respond:

“As soon as we have got feedback, we will be able to report back,” Mabe said.

Demonstrators have warned that they would return to Luthuli House should the party fail to respond as promised.

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