Scenes outside Bloemfontein court where the five arrested in the Vrede Farm corruption scandal are set to appear Photo Credit: Dumelang News

Three close Gupta associates‚ Ashu Chawla, Ronica Ragovan‚ and the nephew of the controversial Gupta brothers, Varun Gupta are appearing at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court this morning on charges of money laundering‚ theft of state money and corruption. Two others were also arrested and another two handed themselves over to police this morning.

This follows a raid by the Hawks on the Gupta family’s Saxonwold compound‚ homes in Bedfordview and Houghton‚ as well as at the Sahara Computer head office in Midrand‚ Johannesburg yesterday.

Simultaneous raids were also carried out at Free State provincial government offices.