South African police arrests influential Gupta family member

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Elite South African police (The Hawks) have arrested a member of the Gupta family, in an early morning raid on the luxury Johannesburg home of the Gupta brothers, wealthy friends of President Jacob Zuma accused of influence peddling, the state broadcaster said.

A senior judicial source told reporters that the police are expected to arrest between five and seven more people as part of the corruption investigation involving the Gupta family.

Other than the Gupta family home, police have visited properties belonging to Ashok Narayan, a Gupta associate and the offices of the Guptas’ Oakbay Holding company.

We can confirm that we are having an operation in Saxonwold, at the Gupta family compound, where our members are currently busy. We do not want to divulge more as to what is transpiring there due to the sensitivity of the operation.

According to the judicial source, the police has no plans as yet to arrest cabinet ministers who have been linked to the Guptas by the media.

Earlier, the spokesperson of the Hawks, Hangwani Mulaudzi, had confirmed the raid to journalists waiting outside the Gupta home.

“We can confirm that we are having an operation in Saxonwold, at the Gupta family compound, where our members are currently busy. We do not want to divulge more as to what is transpiring there due to the sensitivity of the operation,” he said.

The Gupta family has been linked to state capture involving the president, one of his sons, Duduzane, and a number of government ministers.

The State of Capture report by South Africa’s former state prosecutor Thuli Mandolesa accused the Gupta brothers of using their wealth to influence government business including the choice of ministers appointed by president Jacob Zuma.