South African police target business family linked to Zuma

Sheri Evans
February 16, 2018

Officers have described what it is like inside the luxurious Gupta home in Saxonwold‚ Johannesburg‚ which the Hawks targeted on Wednesday morning as part of the elite unit's investigation into state capture.

The embattled Gupta family was on Wednesday morning hoping to strike a deal with the Hawks after the special unit carried out a raid on the controversial family's Saxonwold compound in Johannesburg earlier in the day.

The Hawks have been trying to place the Gupta brothers under arrest for the past two weeks but have been unsure of their whereabouts.

"More arrests are expected", Mulaudzi added.

The Guptas' lawyer Ahmed Gani denied that any of the Gupta brothers were arrested at their Saxonwold home.

The project was meant to be a lifeline to indigent farmers but saw millions of rand allegedly siphoned off to the Guptas.

City Press was told that the suspects would be taken to Bloemfontein after their arrest where they would appear in that city's Commercial Crimes Court.

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An affidavit has also revealed that Free State's agricultural department - then under Zwane - allegedly paid R220-million to the Guptas and some of their associates in what the Asset Forfeiture Unit calls a "scheme created to defraud and steal monies from the department". "It's speculation, that's what it is".

The Gupta brothers allegedly pocketed R220m from the Free State provincial government, which had been pumped into the dairy farm and allocated to benefit emerging black farmers.

But he did concede that two arrests were made at the homestead on Wednesday as ex-President Jacob Zuma, a self-confessed friend of the Guptas, prepared to make his SABC TV appearance hours later.

In her report‚ she found that the Free State agriculture department had failed to manage and monitor implementation of the terms of agreement with Estina in relation to budget evaluation‚ expenditure control and Estina's performance.

Mbalula said because of the sensitivity and seriousness of these matters, it was not possible for the Hawks or his office to provide a minute-by-minute account of the investigations and asked the public to be patient.

Corruption Watch agreed, saying those implicated in multiple corruption scandals must be held accountable and brought to justice.

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