Three arrested in #Gupta raids to appear in Bloemfontein court

Three arrested in #Gupta raids to appear in Bloemfontein court

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As the Hawks continue their raid on the Gupta family compound in Saxonwold, there's still no official confirmation that family members have been arrested.

It is alleged that the president gave the family undue access to sensitive state information, government contracts, as well as a role in hiring and firing of cabinet ministers.

"The concern is that because the Guptas have known about this (state capture investigation) things might have disappeared".

Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi: "We can confirm that we are having an operation in Saxonwold, at the Gupta family compound, where our members are now busy".

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Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

"Let's just say that it includes charges of fraud‚" he said.

"I think the raid is fantastic and it feels like real change is happening in South Africa for all of us".

"The Guptas are the symbol of high-level corruption. They have not been arrested or charged with anything and are still free as we speak‚" he told TimesLIVE a short while ago.

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An affidavit has also revealed that Free State's agricultural department - then under Zwane - paid R220m 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".

Earlier, vehicles flashing blue lights arrived and waited outside the compound before entering the premises a few minutes later.

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.

"There has been overwhelming evidence of the crimes they have committed - the Gupta leaks, the public protector's report". Zuma was asked by the ruling African National Congress to step down as head of state this week.

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