Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him. “You are hereby invested as a minister … This is a double tot,” he says of the remaining whiskey in the chalice.
Multi million rand assets belonging to the controversial Gupta brothers, who are believed to be holed up in Dubai, were among assets seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit at their sprawling Saxonwold compound in Johannesburg on Monday. The seizure is related to the case of fraud, theft and money laundering alleged to have occurred at the controversial Vrede Dairy Project in Free State, in which the three Gupta brothers are believed to have embarked on large-scale looting, using their intricate state capture network within the government.
Police believe they have made a major breakthrough in a series of kidnapping cases after seven people were arrested in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg, on Thursday morning. National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said an intelligence-driven operation by the South African Police Service's multidisciplinary task team had led to the arrests.
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