Gupta Family Citizenship Saga: Everything We Know

Gupta Family Citizenship saga: As a trail of leaked emails cementing perceptions of the Gupta family’s hold over the state and some top politicians in the country continue to leave many jaws dropping, calls have been made for urgent investigations on implicated persons and agencies.

Brian Molefe, Ben Ngubane, Minister Zwane, Malusi Gigaba, Minister Faith Muthambi, Premier Ace, Jimmy Manyi, Premier Supra, Duduzane Zuma, President Jacob Zuma amongst others are all named as Gupta stooges – each got connected in various ways.

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While South Africans are yet to digest previous shocking information about the family, it emerged on Monday that new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba bent the ruling on approving the citizenship of the controversial family.

The allegation was made EFF chief fighter Julius Malema on Twitter, leaving most people wondering the extent of the family’s influence on government officials.

Malema validated his claims by posting two pictures on the social media. The first was signed by an official representing the director-general of Home Affairs. The official explained in the document that the family’s citizenship cannot be approved because they have not complied with the residential requirements needed for naturalisation.

The second document was Gigaba, who explained that he’s waived the requirements.

Weighing in on the matter on Tuesday, the embattled minister affirmed that the documents are authentic, adding that he didn’t bend the rules in favour of the family.

He buttressed that the family’s applications were approved their applications in terms of the South African Citizen Act of 1995 which was amended by the South African Citizenship Amendment Act in 2010.

BuzzSouthAfrica understands that the act authorised the Minister to grant a certificate of naturalisation as a South African citizen to any ‘alien’ who satisfied the requirements for naturalisation.

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However, Malusi said he has directed the Home Affairs Department on what to do.

He said:

“I have requested the department of home affairs to provide chronological details of how all applications by the Gupta family have been handled by the department of home affairs from the beginning. We have no doubt that the whole process has been handled by the book in terms of our laws.”

The Minister explained that similar courtesies had been extended to prominent businessmen, including executives of multinationals and sports people.

Here’s the minister’s statement.

Reports have it that South African citizenship through naturalisation sits in the same legal position as those who freeborn. Citizenship by naturalisation cannot be revoked unless there’s evidence that the decision to grant that citizenship was flawed.

In the meantime, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has vowed to rope Malusi to court.

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