Police distance themselves from Ajay Gupta rewards

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The Hawks swooped on the Gupta compound in Saxonwold.

The Hawks swooped on the Gupta compound in Saxonwold.

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The Hawks swooped on the Gupta compound in Saxonwold.

The Hawks swooped on the Gupta compound in Saxonwold.

JOHANNESBURG – The police ministry has distanced itself from various rewards being offered by individuals for the capture of Ajay Gupta.

Rewards have also included other people not officially sought by authorities.

The department says the move may result in the endangerment of the suspects, their lookalikes and the general public. More than a million rand has been offered in rewards so far.

Earlier this week, the police and the Hawks declared him a wanted person.

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This came in the wake of a visit to the Gupta compound in Saxonwold where officials attempted to serve a warrant.

The pending charges relate to allegations of fraud and corruption of the Estina Farm Community project.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has said South Africa is not “the wild, wild west” and only police can decide if a reward is warranted.