Hawks: 2 suspects failed to hand themselves over after massive Vrede farm raids

The Hawks have confirmed that 2 suspects which were expected to hand themselves over at the directorate’s offices in Silverton Pretoria have not done so.

The Hawks also confirmed that five (5) arrests were made during various search operations of various properties, one of those being the Gupta compound in Saxonworld.

The arrests are part of ongoing investigations into the Estina Diary Farm scandal in Vrede in the Free State.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says fraud, money laundering and corruption are some of the charges those arrested face.

“We’ve arrested five suspects, the charges that we are preferring are money laundering, fraud and corruption. We are hoping that the other two as well that we had made contact with, who were supposed to have handed themselves over us, will also join us.”

Mulaudzi has also confirmed that one of the two suspects who was expected to hand themselves over has made contact and asked to rather appear in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Thursday, bringing the number of those due to appear to six.

According to sources within the Hawks, a Gupta brother is one of those in custody.

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