JOHANNESBURG: The Hawks have confirmed that an early morning raid is currently underway at the Saxonwold residence of the controversial Gupta family.
Last month, 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.
An affidavit has also revealed that Free State’s agricultural department – under then MEC Mosebenzi Zwane – paid the R220m to the Guptas and some of their associates in what the AFU calls a “scheme designed to defraud and steal monies from the department”.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen has admitted to meeting the Guptas to enlist their help for the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA).
The meeting came to light in a report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, in which she found that Van Rooyen deliberately misled Parliament when he answered a question about his meetings with the Guptas.
In his response to the Public Protector, Van Rooyen admitted that he met with the Guptas in his capacity as the MKMVA treasurer general.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that officers were on scene, but could not immediately confirm the details of the operation.
“We are there. We will be issuing a statement later.”