The Hawks have confirmed that three people have been arrested following operations at the Gupta family’s Saxonwold residence in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi would not immediately reveal the names of those arrested.
“Let’s just say that it includes charges of fraud‚” he said.
It is believed that prior to raiding the Gupta residence‚ officers had raided a Bedfordview residence‚ believed to be that of a former MD of Sahara Systems.
Mulaudzi refused to comment on whether the two incidents were linked.
Reuters reported that the Hawks also raided the offices of the Guptas’ Oakbay holding company in Sandton on Wednesday morning.
According to a security guard who did not wish to be named, officers arrived in three vehicles around 7.30am and entered the building. They left shortly afterwards, the guard said.
Deal on the table?
Earlier, TimesLIVE reported that the
embattled Gupta family was hoping to strike a deal with the Hawks. News of the planned
deals followed reports that President Jacob Zuma’s son and Gupta business associate Duduzane Zuma was to hand himself over‚ with his lawyers‚ to the Hawks on Wednesday.
Duduzane‚ in response to SMSs and calls‚ said he was in a meeting and could not speak.
He failed to comment on reports that he would hand himself over to the Hawks.
Dairy farm link
The raids are believed to be linked to last month’s preservation order which the Asset Forfeiture Unit obtained in relation to the Estina Dairy Farm project‚ at Vrede in the Free State.
The project was meant to be a lifeline to indigent farmers but saw millions of rand allegedly siphoned off to the Guptas.
The #GuptaLeaks reports revealed last year that at least R30-million paid to the Guptas via the farm ended up funding the family’s lavish Sun City wedding in 2013[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]– but this did not form part of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s probe. Mkhwebane said the Estina expenditure was being investigated by the Hawks.
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.
Mkhwebane directed Free State premier Ace Magashule to institute disciplinary proceedings against all implicated officials involved in the project and submit a report to the public protector on the action he would take once a disciplinary process had been concluded.
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