-Parliament is scrambling to wrap up outstanding work before the term ends and elections begin
-This includes finalising the inquiry into the Gupta family’s naturalisation which aims to determine if the correct procedures were followed in awarding citizenship
-The inquiry had been stalled following the failure of Ashu Chawla to appear before it, but steps are being taken to ensure he presents himself
Members of Parliament are rushing to finalize outstanding work before the end of term and the beginning of the election season.
One can argue that one of the most important tasks at hand is the completion of the Gupta naturalisation inquiry which will determine whether due process had been followed when members of the family had been awarded citizenship.
The inquiry had been postponed after a witness had been unavailable to testify but who has now been summoned to appear.
Ashu Chawla had been a vital part of facilitating permits and visas for the notorius family as well as their employees.
Chawla had been accused in the Estina Dairy scandal but had fled to India while out on bail.
The case has since been withdrawn which had made it even more difficult for Parliament to make him appear before it.
However, Hlomane Chauke, Home Affairs committee chairperson, has said that they need accountability.
He said that while they respect the lawyers who represent Chawla, he felt the way the lawyers were treating the matter were not in the best interests of South Africa and what the inquiry aims to achieve.
Mkuseli Apleni, former director-general, is due to return to testify before the committee.
Ex-minister Malusi Gigaba had resigned only a few weeks after testifying in front of this committee, but Chauke revealed that the possibility remains that Chawla’s testimony could necessitate Gigaba’s return to the inquiry.
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