- The Hawks are on the hunt for Duduzane Zuma after the early morning raid at the Gupta family home on Wednesday
- Duduzane is being sought for his role in the Estina dairy farm scandal
- Tony Gupta was arrested during the raid while Atul is understood to have tried to flee the country
Former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane is being hunted down by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation better known as the Hawks.
This follows the early morning raid at the Gupta family home in Saxonwold, Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Members of the Hawks swooped on the Gupta home on Wednesday morning, during the raid Tony Gupta was arrested. It is understood that Atul Gupta tried to flee the country, but was foiled when his pilot refused to fly.
Briefly.co.za gathers that Duduzane is being sought for his part in the Estina dairy farm scandal. The farm in the Free State is at the centre of a scandal in which politicians and business people looted millions which was meant to help emerging black farmers.
Atul and Ajay Gupta are understood to be in negotiations to hand themselves over to authorities. ‘
Other as yet unnamed business associates of the Guptas are among five people to have been arrested in connection with the Estina scandal.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said: “Two arrests were at the Gupta home, one in Gauteng and two in the Free State. More arrests are expected.”
Duduzane is a director of Gupta-owned Westdawn Investments, the company is thought to have syphoned funds from the Estina farm. Duduzane’s attorney has declined to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Guptas attorney has denied that any of the brothers were arrested, he admitted that two arrests were made at the Saxonwold property on Wednesday.
The Guptas are said to have benefited to the tune of some R220 million from the Estina project. The money was being pumped into the project by the Free State provincial government and was earmarked to benefit emerging black farmers in the province.
The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) revealed that only R2 million of the original R220 million was spent on the farm.
The raid by the Hawks follows seven months of exhaustive investigation into the family’s ties to the farm and comes on the back of similar raids at the offices of Free State Premier Ace Magasule.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Hawks to arrest Magashule (who is now the secretary general of the ANC) and former MEC for agriculture and current minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane for their roles in the scandal.
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