The Hawks have called an urgent meeting with dozens of intended beneficiaries of the Estina dairy farm project in Vrede in the Free State on Saturday.

The meeting follows raids on the offices of outgoing Free State Premier, Ace Magashule and the Agriculture Department in Bloemfontein on Friday.

More than R 220 million meant for the project has been paid to companies linked to the politically-connected Gupta family.

Earlier this week, the Asset Forfeiture Unit also raided the farm to assess its assets.

Meanwhile, Free State government’s Director-General Kopung Ralikontsane says they will co-operate with the Hawks following the raids the crime busting unit has conducted on government premises in Bloemfontein.

“We are cooperating with them because they are here basically to get additional information on Vrede dairy, documentation, documents related to decisions that were made by executive council and other related matters. So we are providing them with necessary documents and cooperating with them. It is also in our interest that this matter is properly investigated.”

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says they have a strong case against the suspects.