At least five suspects linked to fraud and corruption surrounding the Estina Dairy Farm project are reportedly set to appear in Bloemfontein Regional Court on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday the Hawks, and the South African Police Services raided the Gupta family’s Saxonworld residence in Johannesburg as well as other business properties linked to the controversial family.
According to Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the elite crime-fighting unit's spokesperson, two arrests were made at the Gupta’s homestead, one in Gauteng and two in the Free State.
Mulaudzi says the suspect face charges of money laundering, fraud and corruption.
“More arrests are expected,” Mulaudzi added.
During the raids various suspects were arrested while others handed themselves to authorities.
Although the Hawks have not confirmed the identity of any of the suspects, at least one of the arrested suspects are believed to be from the Gupta family.
The Guptas' lawyer Ahmed Gani has, however, denied that any of the Gupta brothers were arrested at their Saxonwold home saying it was merely “speculation”.
Gani did confirm that two arrests at the Gupta’s Saxonworld residence did take place.
Free State agriculture head Peter Thabethe is believed to be amongst the five who were arrested connection to the failed Free State dairy farm project.
Duduzane Zuma, former President Jacob Zuma’s son, is reportedly being sought for his alleged role in the Free State’s dairy farm scandal.
According to reports, the Estina Farm Project saw businesspeople and politicians steal millions from the project that was started to assist impoverished farmers to make a living.
R220 million was allegedly stolen by the Guptas from the Free State government via the Estina Dairy Farm project.