Parliament to investigate how the Guptas obtained their South African citizenship

Parliament to investigate how the Guptas obtained their South African citizenship

- The process followed by the Home Affairs Department in naturalising the Guptas will come under investigation by Parliament

- Parliament’s portfolio committee for Home Affairs has agreed to investigate exactly how the Guptas received South African citizenship

- Members of Parliament have called for passports issued to the family to be revoked immediately

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The process followed by the Home Affairs Department in naturalising the Guptas will come under investigation by Parliament. After months of deliberation, the portfolio committee for Home Affairs has agreed to launch an investigation into exactly how the Gupta family received their South African citizenship.

Members of Parliament (MP)'s suspicions were raised when an original list of naturalised South African citizens, requested by the committee, did not contain the names of the Guptas.

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Members of Parliament (MPs) have also called for passports issued to members of the Gupta family to be revoked immediately because MPs say the passports are being used by the family to evade law enforcement officials.

Briefly.co.za gathered that MPs were unimpressed when they realised they had received conflicting information regarding the Guptas naturalisation process from the current minister, Malusi Gigaba, his predecessor Hlengiwe Mkhize and Director-General Mkuseli Apleni.

The committee has already started probing documents received from Home Affairs and those submitted by the Gupta-owned Oakbay Investment regarding donations and investments referred to in their naturalisation application.

The committee will conduct site visits to schools and business which were named as beneficiaries of investments or donations.

Committee chairperson Donald Gumede said: “We shall have an inquiry and then from time to time we shall meet and refine our terms of reference according to need.”

MPs said the inquiry should not be rushed and the proper amount of time should be allowed for the investigation to run its course.

Gumede said the inquiry should also aid in the broader aim of cleaning up and raising the standards of the Department of Home Affairs.

The inquiry could be extended to investigate matters beyond the Guptas to determine whether any of their employees and or associates illegally gained South African citizenship.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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