Ajay Gupta. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
Ajay Gupta. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Acting Hawks head Yolisa Matakata says the directorate has issued a warrant of arrest for Ajay Gupta on another case of corruption and not in connection with the Vrede dairy farm project.

"At the moment we are liaising with his lawyers," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"He is wanted on an unrelated matter to the Estina investigation, but it is on corruption as well."

No further details were given on the charges against Ajay Gupta.

It is suspected that the warrant of arrest is in connection with the money offered to former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas who alleged that the Guptas offered him a R600m bribe and the position of finance minister in 2015.

Matakata would not comment on whether Ajay Gupta was wanted in relation to this.

She also would not comment on whether there was or would be a warrant of arrest for former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane.

Eight people have already been arrested in connection with the Estina dairy farm project in the Free State.

Matakata said this was the first phase of the broader state capture investigation.

She said the arrests had come after a year of work by the Hawks’ serious corruption investigative team.

Acting head of the Hawks Yolisa Matakata said on Friday that Ajay Gupta faces charges of corruption that are unrelated to the Estina Dairy Project. Matakata said Police Minister Fikile Mbalula had...

Matakata also took the opportunity to deny that the Hawks were politically influenced.

"As the Hawks, we are not influenced in any way, be it politically or otherwise. All our investigations are being done competently, honestly and without outside influence," she said.

Institutions such as the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NAP) have been accused of being politically captured by the Zuma administration and they seem to have started taking action against allegations of state capture only once Zuma was removed from office.