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Auction Alliance properties raided

A dozen properties were raided to bolster investigations into the Auction Alliance rigging scandal.

Former Auction Alliance head, Rael Levitt. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks on Tuesday that they raided more than a dozen properties around South Africa to bolster their investigation into the Auction Alliance rigging scandal.

The operation was conducted by police, the Special Investigating Unit, National Prosecuting Authority, South African Revenue Services and National Treasury.

Earlier this year, Auction Alliance was accused of paying bogus bidders to drive up prices during auctions.

CEO Rael Levitt was fired for his role in the rigging scandal.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said the anti-corruption task team conducted searches at 13 properties linked to Auction Alliance.

"There are five premises in the Western Cape, five in Gauteng, one in Bloemfontein, one in KwaZulu-Natal and one in Port Elizabeth."

Polela said Tuesday's operation was not about making any arrests.