Gigaba on Gupta naturalisation

  • Gigaba on Gupta naturalisation

Gigaba on Gupta naturalisation

This is after the flip-flops yesterday when Gigaba stated that neither Ajay Gupta nor Atul Gupta are South African citizens as Ajay did not renounce Indian citizenship and Atul never applied for South African citizenship.

Gigaba and the minister of global relations Lindiwe Sisulu did not attend the plenary where the Peace and Security cluster of ministers were expected to respond to questions in the National Assembly.

Gigaba has come under fire from the opposition for failing to pitch for a National Assembly question and answer session.

The judgment followed a court battle launched by Fireblade Aviation, owned by the Oppenheimer family, in November 2016 against the Department of Home Affairs and others.

Fifteen minutes into a dramatic argument in which EFF MPs Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Floyd Shivambu were kicked out for being out of order, Mbete informed the House she has received a letter of apology from Gigaba. "We're dealing with a liar, a pathological liar".

But on Wednesday the department backtracked‚ saying Gigaba was mistaken when he told a briefing on Tuesday that Atul was not South African.

Apleni said there are 23 Gupta family members who have South African citizenship‚ which means 39 have permanent residence permits. These included that the family employed thousands of workers in South Africa and was engaged in several philanthropic activities in the republic.

The DA can also confirm that Atul Gupta, Arti Gupta, Shivani Gupta, Rajesh Gupta are all registered voters on our voter registration system and that Atul Gupta's alleged ID number confirms that he is registered as a voter at the Saxonwold Primary School.

In an about turn, the director general of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni said Gigaba had made an error when he said Atul Gupta was not naturalised.