Businessman Moti hopes to clear his name

Zunaid Moti was abroad when his properties were raided but claims he is innocent.

Property mogul and businessman Zunaid Moti.

JOHANNESBURG - Following an unsuccessful police raid launched to arrest Zunaid Moti, the controversial businessman responded on Thursday, saying he planned to clear his name in court.

Eyewitness News reported that Moti claimed to have been abroad when officers visited three of his properties on Saturday evening.

It is understood he plans to hand himself over at the Haartbeespoort Dam police as early as Tuesday.

Two hours after news of the raid broke, Moti released a statement and denied any wrongdoing.

He said the criminal case relates to his business partner and his two sons.

He also said that he had never met the complainant, who lives in Brits.

Moti claimed he flew back to South Africa to deal with this matter and expects to appear in court next week.

The raids are reportedly linked to a wide investigation into a syndicate allegedly involved in robbery, extortion and an attempted murder.

Four men, including twin brothers, were arrested in Sandton in May.