- According to home affairs, Malusi Gigaba made a mistake when he said the Guptas were not South African citizens
- Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said only Ajay was not a citizen, because he refused to renounce his Indian citizenship
- Apleni added Gigaba was not the one who handled Atul and Rajesh's citizenship, since he was not a minister at the time
Earlier this week home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba left South Africans scratching their heads after he said the Guptas were not SA citizens.
It did not take long for opposing parties to point out Atul Gupta had a South African passport and Identification Document, adding they demand answers.
As Briefly.co.za reported previously, the DA pointed out Atul could not have gotten a passport if he was not a citizen of South Africa.
Now, home affairs said Gigaba made an error in his statement. According to the new version, Atul is a South African citizen but his brother, Ajay Gupta, was not.
On Wednesday, home affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni cleared up Gigaba's little error, adding Atul and his brother Rajesh had been naturalised as South African citizens.
Eyewitness News reported home affairs found almost half of the people with the surname Gupta who have been naturalised as South African citizens were part of the controversial family.
According to stats given by the department, there were 62 people in South Africa sharing the three brothers'surname. Out of those, 39 were not citizens and 10 were born in the country.
The statement added 13 people with the Gupta surname been naturalised, six of which were part of the most-hated family in South Africa.
While addressing Gigaba's error, Apleni said in June 2017 he said Ajay Gupta was not a citizen, and it remains that way. However, he added on Tuesday an issue surfaced over Atul's citizenship, which they wanted to deal with.
According to Apleni, Ajay had also applied for naturalisation, but it was not granted after he refused to renounce his Indian citizenship, which was a necessary step in the process since India does not accept dual-citizenship.
Apleni added it meant Ajay only had a permanent residence permit, but his family members, his wife, mother and two sons, were all granted naturalisation in May 2015.
The director-general said Atul and Rajesh took a different route than their brother, and they received their citizenship.
However, Apleni said Gigaba was not the one who dealt with Atul or Rajesh’s citizenship, since he was not a minister at the time.
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