South Africa police raid Gupta home, pressure on Zuma increases

South Africa police raid Gupta home, pressure on Zuma increases

As a dramatic raid is carried out on the Gupta family's Saxonwold compound, City Press has learnt of the imminent arrest of at least two Gupta brothers as well as Duduzane Zuma.

According to eNCA, sources have said that the raid is related to the Vrede dairy project in the Free State, where the Guptas have been accused of allegedly siphoning R220 million meant to benefit poor farmers.

The raid on the family home of the Guptas comes a day after the ANC ordered Zuma to step down as head of state after nine years in office dogged by scandal and a stagnant economy.

Speculation is rife that the raid is in connection with the Gupta family's alleged involvement in state capture.

South African President Jacob Zuma said ongoing efforts to unseat him by the ruling ANC party were unfair, adding that he had been given no reason by the party why he should resign.

A dozen officers from the elite Hawks police unit sealed off a street leading to the Gupta home in Johannesburg's upscale Saxonwold suburb.

Zuma's spokesman could not be reached for comment and there was no official confirmation from the presidency that the address would take place.

Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said the raid was part of a probe into influence-peddling allegations.

Speaking at a briefing in which opposition parties in Parliament said they would ask National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to bring the EFF's motion of no confidence forward as urgent, Maimane said SA needed a fresh start to stop state organs in the security and criminal justice space from operating on the basis of political power dynamics.

The net seems to be closing on the controversial family, who have been implicated in a string of corruption and money laundering allegations.

Glynnis Breytenbach, DA Shadow Minister, said the raid was long overdue.

He declined to give details of what was seized or if the business premises of the Guptas would also be raided, saying a full statement would be released later today.

Signs of law enforcement mobilising against the Guptas - and by association Zuma - caused the rand to strengthen 0.5% against the dollar. That motion is set for February 22.

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