- On Tuesday, home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said the Guptas were not South African citizens
- His statement has stirred political parties, including the DA, who now wants answers
- This is because the leaked Gupta emails show Atul has a South African passport and ID number
The Democratic Alliance was surprised by home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba’s statement on about the Guptas not being South African citizens, especially because Atul has a South African passport.
Now, the DA wants answers from Gigaba on how Atul has a South African passport, which is only given to citizens, if he is not considered a South African.
On Tuesday, Malusi Gigaba said the controversial family was not South African citizens. According to The Sowetan, at least one of the brothers, Atul, was a citizen.
During a media briefing by Gigaba and home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni, the former finance minister said Atul was not a South African, despite the #GuptaLeaks emails proving otherwise.
Among the documents leaked in the emails was a copy of Atul’s passport, where he was listed as a South African under the Nationality section.
Briefly.co.za learned the passport was issued on 31 July 2015, which was during the time Gigaba was the home affairs minister.
After Gigaba’s statement, and taking into consideration that non-citizens cannot apply for passports, the DA is demanding answers.
“The briefing earlier today by…Gigaba on the status of the Gupta’s South African citizenship has only inspired more confusion and the matter is now as clear as mud. [on Wednesday] Gigaba will be back in the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs and he must answer to whether he or the IEC has misled Parliament and the people of South Africa‚” Haniff Hoosen said.
The DA's shadow minister of home affairs added Atul also has a South African identity document, which ends in '080', in addition to his passport.
He also mentioned Atul, along with other Gupta family members Arti‚ Shivani and Rajesh, were all registered voters on the voter registration system.
The above information given by Hoosen is enough for Gigaba to be called in front of the portfolio committee.
Hoosen said the recurring home affairs minister should “own up and clarify” whether the controversial family has South African passports, ID numbers and if they voted in any national or municipal elections.
Hoosen said South Africans have the right to know what's going on and how the Guptas came to obtain official identification documents without being SA citizens.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has labelled Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba as a pathological liar and said he had a habit of contradicting himself.
"After lying to a court of law, Gigaba has once more lied about the citizenship status of the Guptas," Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
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