South Africa: MPs laugh off Guptas’ ‘KFC appeal’ for citizenship

Published: 13/Sep/2018
Source: The Citizen (Johannesburg)

The controversial family’s motivation included that it has invested R25bn in SA, employed 7,000 people and was involved in social upliftment projects.

The chairman of a parliamentary inquiry had to call for order on Thursday when MPs sniggered and others burst out laughing when a former home affairs officials read out a letter motivating why members of the Gupta family should be granted citizenship.

The inquiry by parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee is investigating whether there were any irregularities in the granting of early naturalisation to the Gupta brothers and members of their family.

It emerged that after an application for early naturalisation was rejected for Angoori Gupta, the Guptas’ mother, Shivani Gupta, Ajay Gupta’s wife, and their children Kamal and Surya Singhala, an appeal was lodged with then home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2018