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Zuma crisis: home of India-born Gupta family raided by police

Press Trust of India  |  Johannesburg 

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 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 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 member.

The embattled own a range of business interests in South Africa, including computing, mining, air travel, energy, technology and media.

The three brothers, Atul, and Ajay, moved to in 1993 from India, just as white-minority rule was ending.

They are known friends of 75-year-old - and his son, daughter and one of the president's wives worked for the family's firms, said.

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.

Meanwhile, the party has given until the end of the day to resign.

His links to the Guptas are one of the reasons he is being forced to resign before the 2019

The Guptas and have denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

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.

However, the situation has escalated, with saying a motion of no-confidence in the will be heard tomorrow.

Parliament will then elect as the new president, potentially also tomorrow if the is available to swear him in, said.

Ramaphosa was elected in December, replacing Zuma.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 18:05 IST