The Hawks arrested five suspects during the Wednesday’s operation for money laundering, fraud and corruption. The arrest made came from an ongoing investigations into the Estina Dairy Farm scandal Vrede in the Free State.
The Hawks raid several searches of various properties in Pretoria, including the Gupta family’s compound in Saxonwold. Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says two suspects who were expected to hand themselves over at the directorate’s offices in Silverton Pretoria have failed to do so.
“We’ve arrested five suspects, the charges that we are preferring are money laundering, fraud and corruption. We are hoping that the other two as well that we had made contact with, who were supposed to have handed themselves over us, will also join us.”
Mulaudzi has also confirmed that one of the two suspects who was expected to hand themselves over has made contact and asked to rather appear in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Thursday, bringing the number of those due to appear to six.
It is understood that one of the Gupta brothers is one those in custody.
The controversial family has been implicated in wide-ranging allegations of corruption, including the theft of millions of Rands from the Estina project in the Free State.