Happy Valentines Day South Africa! South Africans woke up to news on Wednesday that the Hawks had raided the Gupta compound which houses infamous Gupta family, business friends of South African President Jacob Zuma. Folk on Twitter had all the questions.
The Hawks confirmed on Wednesday morning that a raid was underway at the Saxonwold residence of the controversial Gupta family.
â€” City Press Online (@City_Press) February 14, 2018
As usual Mzansi is doing the most. South Africans were still reeling from the news that the African National Congress (ANC)Â recalled uBaba on Tuesday. We are waiting for him to respond, itâ€™s Valentineâ€™s Day and on top of that a Gupta raid? Itâ€™s too much, too early.
â€” â“‚ï¸ONATELLY ðŸ’¡ (@Sharx515) February 14, 2018
â€” Derick Watts & T.S.B (@derickwatts) February 14, 2018
Itâ€™s high drama with Saxonwold drive closed off because of the commotion.
â€” Dinesh Balliah (@DineshBalliah) February 14, 2018
Not only are the Hawks raiding properties, there are reports that theyâ€™veÂ arrested people too. So far, three people have been arrested including a Gupta brother and a business associate. Two more people are expected to hand themselves over.
â€” Thabiso Sithole (@ThabisoSithole) February 14, 2018
According to EWN the Hawks are closing in on other areas in the province to arrest more people linked to the Free State dairy farm projectÂ which has been found by no less than the Public Protector to have been a looting scheme. The Gupta compound is just one part of the mission.
â€” rhulani baloyi (@rhulani1baloyi) February 14, 2018
Itâ€™s all good and well that the Hawkâ€™s have regained their claws again but the timing of the raids and arrests have folk suspicious. Itâ€™s only been one day since Zuma’s recall – though on Wednesday morning, as the raids went down, he had yet to formally resign.
â€” Ngawo La Mazangwe (@ngawoz) February 14, 2018
This kind of action was expected a long time ago – when it was first proved that the Guptas had unsavoury links to members of the ANC government.
â€” Pauli Van Wyk (@PaulivW) February 14, 2018
Will all this convince all those ANC MPs who might want to the defy party line and voteÂ for Zuma in a motion of no confidence?
â€” Jack Devnarain (@JackD157) February 14, 2018
Most importantly, why was Mbaks so quiet on Twitter? The Minister of Police usually advertises the successful arrests of criminals.
@MbalulaFikile your are seriously going to ignore the happenings in #Saxonworld nd you are not going to tweet as usual about the successful arrest of criminals, the #Guptas, or complement the #Hawks on a job well done on #ValetinesDay you are just like #Gigaba and #Zuma
â€” Muzi (@muziDv) February 14, 2018
Some said we should not be elated at all by the news that an operation to root out Gupta-linked corruption is underway. This only goes to show that the Hawks have been politically compromised.
For me the arrest of the Gupta brothers by the Hawks doesn’t excite me or cause any cause for relief.
It instead further drives the point that the Hawks are compromised and are subject to political influence. #Zexit
â€” Bandile Mathandela (@BMathandela) February 14, 2018
We should all be worried that (as it appears) only after Nasrec have the #Hawks found their claws again. Law enforcement MUST NEVER be politicized. Question: Where have they been & why have they not acted over this past decade of lies, theft & corruption.
Donâ€™t be fooled. #Guptas
â€” Vusi Thembekwayo (@VusiThembekwayo) February 14, 2018