South Africa: Committee plans to shed light on Gupta citizenship

Published: 28/Mar/2018
Source: Business Day (South Africa)

By Bekezela Phakathi

Parliament is pushing to get to the bottom of the controversial decision by the Department of Home Affairs to grant some members of the Gupta family South African citizenship.

The home affairs portfolio committee agreed on Tuesday to institute a full-scale inquiry into the matter. DA MP Haniff Hoosen had earlier presented to other members of the committee documents suggesting that more than five members of the Gupta family had been naturalised, which contradicted statements by the department.

In March, home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni said that of the five Guptas who applied for naturalisation‚ four members of the family‚ excluding Ajay Gupta‚ were naturalised after they fulfilled the requirement to renounce their Indian citizenship, given that India does not allow dual citizenship.

He said that Ajay « only holds a permanent residence permit ».

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Themes: Naturalisation et le mariage
Regions: Afrique du Sud
Year: 2018