The Hawks - the police's elite high-priority crimes unit - yesterday arrested three people as they raided the posh home of India-born Guptas, a controversial business family linked to Zuma, who resigned today.
Ajay the patriarch of the embattled Gupta family is "on the run" and surrounded by a team of heavily armed bodyguards, Times Live reported quoting police officials.
Hawks officials confirmed that Ajay was a fugitive from the law and that they had obtained a warrant for his arrest, the report said.
The charges relate to the theft of 220-million rand (USD 19 million) from the Free State agricultural department.
Verun appeared alongside his co-accused and Gupta family lieutenants Ronica Ragovan Ashu Chawla Nazeem Howa Kamal Vasrum and Free State agricultural officials Peter Thebetha and Takisi Janki Masiteng and chief of staff of national mining department Sylvia Dlamini.
Howa Gupta Chawla Vasrum and Gupta were released on 200000 rand bail each while Thebetha Masiteng and Dlamini were each released on 10000 rand bail, the report said.
They will appear in court again on August 17.
"As far as our team investigating state capture is concerned, he is a fugitive from the law," he said.
"He has surrounded himself with bodyguards. We spoke to his lawyers he was meant to be surrendered but never did.
"We have issued a warrant of arrest for him. Although those protecting him must know they are protecting a wanted suspect. They will be charged with aiding and abetting a suspect," the officer said, adding that they had flagged border posts and were hoping to close in on Ajay soon.
The Gupta family owns a range of business interests in South Africa, including computing, mining, air travel, energy, technology and media.
The Gupta brothers have been accused of wielding enormous political influence in South Africa, with critics alleging that they have tried to "capture the state" to advance their own business interests.
The Vrede farm investigation relates to the Estina dairy farm near Vrede, in the Free State, a project which was originally meant to help poor black farmers but from which the Gupta family are alleged to have pocketed millions of dollars, the allegations they deny.
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