Source: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)
The home affairs portfolio committee will begin hearing testimony under oath about how Gupta brothers Rajesh and Atul were granted permission by Home Affairs to become South African citizens, in an investigation that might provide additional support to the Zondo commission of inquiry.
The committee will hear evidence from eight witnesses on Wednesday. After months spent questioning the controversy surround the Gupta brothers’ entry into South Africa and gathering information from government officials, the committee has decided that phase two of its investigation — hearing testimony under oath — must be initiated to clear up any lingering confusion.
The inquiry comes after questions arose about how the Gupta brothers were granted citizenship, and if the process was above board.
While Rajesh and Atul have been successfully naturalised as South African citizens by Home Affairs, Ajay Gupta abandoned the naturalisation process, and remains a citizen of India. In terms of its own law, India does not allow dual citizenship and requires people to forfeit the citizenship should they choose to become a citizen of another country.