A Porsche Cayenne‚ two Ford Rangers‚ three Mercedes Benzes‚ a BMW 5 Series‚ a Volkswagen Polo Vivo and a helicopter.
These are some of the moveable assets the police were looking for during a raid at the Gupta family compound in Saxonwold in Johannesburg on Monday.
Law enforcement agencies descended on the compound shortly before 2pm.
The officials were from the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit‚ the SAPS‚ SA Revenue Service and Civil Aviation Authority. About 20 vehicles parked outside the compound and some were in marked cars.
Private security at the compound initially refused to let the authorities in‚ but later relented.
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.
The NPA obtained a restraint order for the amount of R250-million against those charged in relation to the Estina diary project in Vrede in the Free State.
Among those targeted in the order are Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments‚ Islandsite Investments 180‚ Confidents Concept and Sahara Computers.
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.
The authority said in a statement on Monday that the order was obtained on April 11 in the Bloemfontein High Court. The R250-million is allegedly linked to theft‚ fraud and money laundering. This is a provisional amount pending the criminal trial and convictions.
“The said order is a result of ongoing criminal investigations by the Hawks (DPCI) which led to the arrest and institution of criminal prosecution against the aforesaid entities and individuals‚” the NPA said in a statement.
“The AFU will apply for a confiscation order for the recovery of the said amount and or any related amounts‚” it added.
By: Mzilikazi Wa Afrika And Nico Gous – TimesLIVE
Source: TMG Digital.