Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

2 suspects set to surrender to Hawks following Gupta raids

2 suspects set to surrender to Hawks following Gupta raids

The Hawks have confirmed that they have raided Gupta-linked properties around Gauteng and arrested three people with further arrests planned.

Zuma and the Guptas - a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen - deny any wrongdoing.

ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said the party's national executive was split on when Zuma should step down, although the party expected him to respond to the order by Wednesday.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said Zuma would speak at 0800 GMT and satellite trucks were in position overnight.

Adding to the confusion, a copy of an email, purportedly from deputy presidential communications director Shadi Baloyi, circulated on Twitter telling Pretoria police that plans for a "special media briefing" by Zuma at the Union Buildings had been cancelled.

Zuma's spokesman could not be reached for comment and there was no official confirmation from the Presidency that the address would take place.

Gani‚ of the law firm Gani Mayet Attorneys in Johannesburg‚ said he had yet to receive any documents pertaining to the search and seizure warrant that led to heavily armed Hawks officers raiding the family's Saxonwold compound early on Wednesday. "They have not been arrested or charged with anything and are still free as we speak‚" he told TimesLIVE a short while ago. We have met with the public protector, and have visited the beneficiaries often to keep them posted on progress. "They have done enough damage", said Tessa Turvey, head of the local residents' association, standing outside the compound's iron gates.

He declined to give details of what was seized or if the business premises of the Guptas would also be raided, saying a full statement would be released later on Wednesday.

The arrests are part of ongoing investigations into the Estina Dairy scandal in Vrede in the Free State.

Earlier on Wednesday, City Press reported that at least two suspects - one a Gupta brother and the other the former Free State agriculture department head Peter Thabethe - were expected to appear in the Commercial Crimes Court in Bloemfontein.

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