South Africa Zuma: Gupta family home raided by police

South Africa’s elite police unit have raided the home of the controversial Gupta family as the investigation into so-called state capture continues.

Three people have been arrested so far, including one of the brothers, with two other people expected to hand themselves in, police said in a statement.

The Gupta family have been accused using their friendship with President Jacob Zuma to wield enormous political influence for their business interests.

They all deny the allegations.

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The raid comes as Mr Zuma faces increased pressure to resign, in part because of links to the Guptas.

He is expected to respond later today to a formal request from the African National Congress (ANC) to step down.

The Hawks, South Africa’s priority crime unit, confirmed they were searching the Gupta’s walled compound near Johannesburg zoo on Wednesday morning.

They have also carried out raids on other properties.

According to the statement released to South African media, the raids were carried out in connection with the Vrede farm investigation.

That particular 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.

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