Private forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan has accused Police Minister Fikile Mbalula of lacking knowledge of what is happening on the ground regarding the five people wanted in connection with alleged corruption related to state capture.

On Sunday, Mbalula said the search for five people was widened to include India, China and Dubai.

He said South Africa would be working with Interpol to extradite the five who include Duduzane Zuma and the Gupta brothers, who have close links with former president Jacob Zuma.

O’Sullivan says the fugitives took all their assets after being tipped-off.

“They played a stalling game while they removed further assets out of the country. It’s only a matter of time now for ANN7 and the New Age to shut down because they will not get any more funding from the Guptas,” adds O’Sullivan.

Police Department spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga has defended the Hawks saying they are doing their work.

“It would be extremely unfair to say the police have not been doing anything. We had communication with the lawyers of Mr Ajay Gupta and that he must actually present himself in court in Bloemfontein. Obviously, he failed to do that, so we have declared him a fugitive,” explains Mhaga.