The Hawks on Wednesday morning raided the Gupta compound in Saxonwold as part of its investigation into state capture.
They have blocked off the road in the elite Johannesburg suburb‚ eyewitnesses report.
TimesLIVE understands that the operation is 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 state capture investigation.
“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.”
Hawks sources say the raids are 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‚” a source said.
Bystanders outside the family’s massive Saxonwold compound are voicing their approval of the law enforcement operation against the family‚ who stand accused of looting state coffers.
One watcher 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 (unemployment queue) will be a new reality‚” remarked another.
– Additional reporting by Katharine Child
by Graeme Hosken – TimesLIVE