Hawks confirm arrests after raid of Gupta compound

Hawks and SAPS officials at the Gupta compound in Saxonwold Johannesburg during a raid on 14 February 2018

The Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi was not immediately available for comment, but the state broadcaster quoted him as saying the police were there as part of a raid. Mkhwebane said the Estina expenditure was being investigated by the Hawks.

The Hawks have confirmed that three people have been arrested and two others are expected to hand themselves over on Wednesday, following raids in relation to the Vrede Dairy farm investigation.

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 Gupta family are at the centre of an ongoing state capture probe in which they allegedly used undue influence to score lucrative contracts from state-owned enterprises.

Onlookers gather in the street surrounding the compound.

Reports from Saxonwold residents suggested that vehicles belonging to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation arrived at the Gupta compound in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb at around 6.30am.

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The Rosebank Killarney Gazette is now on scene and attempting to gather more information from Mulaudzi, whose phone is now engaged.

Those arrested on Wednesday were expected to appear in a Bloemfontein court on Thursday.

In January, the Hawks also conducted search and seizure operations at both Free State Premier Ace Magashule's offices and the provincial office of the department of agriculture.

Similarly, Moleko Phakedi, deputy general of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), said they were encouraged by the raid.

The #GuptaLeaks revealed a year ago that at least R30m paid to the Guptas via the farm ended up funding the family's lavish Sun City wedding in 2013 - but this did not form part of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's probe.

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