Arrests in connection with the Vrede Diary Project increases to five

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Zodidi Mhlana

JOHANNESBURG- The number of people who have been arrested by the Hawks has now risen to five.

Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that more people would still be arrested during the day.

“We are still expecting some people to hand themselves over to us. We will only know or get the total number of people who have been arrested later today. Two more people have been arrested. More arrests will be made,” he said.

Mulaudzi said that the arrests relate to the Vrede Farm investigations. It is alleged that millions of rands were stolen from Vrede Farm project to fund the Gupta wedding a few years back.

“The operation is in respect of the Vrede Farm investigations. Operations are still ongoing and further details will be made available at a later stage,” he said.

All those arrested are scheduled to appear in court in Bloemfontein the Free State on Thursday morning.

He denied media reports that suggested that one of the Gupta brothers Ajay was among those who had been nabbed.

Mulaudzi said that the Hawks would continue conducting other raids in more premises through out Gauteng on Wednesday.

The Guptas are accused of using undue influence on government officials in charge of state-owned enterprises in order to score lucrative contracts.

Earlier, vehicles flashing blue lights arrived and waited outside the compound before entering the premises a few minutes later. None of the Hawks members were willing to speak to journalists camped on the opposite side of the property, kept away by private security personnel.

The Hawks then left followed by two luxury vehicles from the compound. Documents were also reportedly seized during the raid.

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