Asset Forfeiture Unit raids Gupta Saxonwold compound

Gupta Saxonwold

Gupta Saxonwold

Police and tax officials have carried out a second raid at the mansion of the Gupta brothers as part of an investigation into a fraud and money laundering case implicating the corrupt regime of the ousted president Jacob Zuma.

In February, the Hawks raided the Saxonwold property as well as the residential and business premises of the family's associates.

The officials were from the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit‚ the SAPS‚ SA Revenue Service and Civil Aviation Authority. Some were in marked vehicles.

Documents seen by Tiso Blackstar reporters showed the immovable property being targeted includes properties and farms in Mpumalanga‚ the Free State‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Private security at the compound initially refused to let the authorities in, but that they later relented.

"The order makes provision for the restraint of several assets to the value of R250 202 652.00, pending the finalisation of the criminal trial and upon conviction".

NPA spokeswoman Bulelwa Makeke confirmed that Monday's raids on the Gupta compound - which TimesLIVE understands will move on to Lanseria Airport - were linked to this court order.

News24 reported that the AFU, on April 11, obtained a restraining order at the High Court in Bloemfontein in the amount of around R250-million, against the assets of several individuals and entities who were implicated in the Estina dairy project in Free State.