State Capture Inquiry: Guptas had been in SA for two decades when they applied for naturalisation – Gigaba

Published: 31/May/2021
Source: News24 (Johannesburg)

By Jeanette Chabalala

Former Minister Malusi Gigaba told the State Capture Inquiry on Monday that members of the Gupta family were not granted early naturalisation.

Gigaba said the family had been in the country for two decades by the time they applied for naturalisation.

“It was not early naturalisation,” he said.

“I think in the processes of the application for naturalisation by the Guptas, we found that there were quite a lot of people with a Gupta surname that were in South Africa,” he said.

“They started arriving in South Africa in 1993. They arrived and arrived, and two members of the family were given permanent residency in South Africa a year after their arrival, I think in the 90s. By the time that they applied for naturalisation, they would have been in South Africa for a period of over two decades,” he told Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the commission.

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Themes: Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2021