Committee finds Gigaba 'incorrect' in granting Guptas naturalisation

Committee finds Gigaba 'incorrect' in granting Guptas naturalisation

- A committee looking into the naturalisation of several members of the Gupta family has found that there were irregularities in their granting of the status

- It recommended that the Zondo Commission look into the matter further

- Specifically, it found that Gigaba's awarding of naturalisation was "incorrect"

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The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs has found that it was "incorrect" for Malusi Gigaba to grand the Gupta family early naturalisation.

Gigaba made the decision while he was Minister of Home Affairs.

The committee recommended that charges be filed against several members of the Gupta family, but did not recommend any specific disciplinary action for Gigaba.

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Additionally, the committee suggested that the Zondo Commission look into the matter further.

The committee found that the applications for naturalisation made by several members of the Gupta family were fraudulent, according to the City Press, and that they included forged documents.

As a result, the committee suggested that the Guptas' citizenship be revoked.

Furthermore, it found several other irregularities in the granting of naturalisation, so much so that the committee said it might amount to state capture.

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The issue of the Guptas' naturalisation was investigated on the instructions of Parliament. The findings are expected be considered by the National Assembly next week. 

Gigaba testified before the Zondo Commission last year, but insisted that he was not influenced by the Gupta family.

He added that he had not assisted the family in state capture, but was subsequently found to have lied under oath.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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