Hawks raid Gupta home
The Hawks on Wednesday morning raided the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, as part of the special unit's investigation into state capture.
They blocked off the road in the elite Johannesburg suburb‚ eyewitnesses reported.
TimesLIVE understands the operation was also targeting Midrand‚ where the Guptas' Sahara Computers is situated. The family has offices elsewhere in the country too.
Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said the raids were part of the larger investigation into state capture.
“We are not playing around. We take this investigation very seriously‚” Mulaudzi said.
“We will be releasing a statement soon about these and other raids that we are conducting.”
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Hawks sources said the raids were part of a large, multi-agency law enforcement operation.
“Officers are going out to secure certain items‚ documents‚ electronics. Anything that is seen as evidence for this investigation will be seized‚” one source said.
Bystanders outside the family's massive Saxonwold compound voiced their approval of the operation against the family‚ who stand accused of looting state coffers.
One observer described it as "sweet justice", while another commented: "Wonderful to see." The compound should be turned into a "massive prison", said a third.
"Lining up for UIF [the unemployment queue] will be a new reality‚" remarked another.
- Additional reporting by Katharine Child.
Hawks raided the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg on Wednesday February 14 2018.