South Africa's elite police unit today arrested three people as they raided the posh home of India-born Guptas, a controversial business family linked to embattled President Jacob Zuma, who is under pressure to quit.
According to a statement released by the Hawks - the police's elite high-priority crimes unit - the raids were carried out at the home of the Gupta family in the plush suburb of Saxonwold here in connection with the Vrede farm investigation.
Three people were arrested during the raid, with two more expected to surrender. According to local media reports, one of those arrested was a Gupta family member.
The embattled Gupta family own 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, allegations they deny.
Pressure has been mounting on Zuma to quit in recent weeks. He was expected to respond to a formal request from the party to step down at some point on Wednesday.
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