Guptas Naturalisation – Earlier this month, we published a full statement the Fighters (EFF) issued on how Malusi Gigaba unduly granted the Guptas SA Citizenship.
The statement detailed how the Guptas were initially denied being South African citizens. They were informed that they haven’t met certain requirements and do not have 5 years of physical residence in the country.
As such, the Guptas naturalisation application was rejected, and they were asked to make another attempt.
Malusi Gigaba wouldn’t let the law have its way, he intervened. In a letter dated 2015-05-30, he wrote to the Guptas granting them what he called ‘early naturalisation’, EFF related.
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Now, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party says it can confirm the Minister broke the law for the Guptas to become citizens.
According to the party, the Minister failed to declare the naturalisation of members of the Gupta family to Parliament.
“…In doing so, (he)…acted illegally, breaking the Citizenship Act,” DA upheld.
“According to a letter sent by the Director-General to the Home Affairs Committee today, ‘it was an omission’ to not openly declare to Parliament that members of the Gupta family had been naturalised.
“Minister Gigaba personally granted Gupta family members citizenship in South Africa, overriding officials and the Director General, and then failed to follow the law to make his decisions public,” DA stated.
Having said that, the party asserted that Mr Gigaba’s actions showed he was hiding the truth about the unmerited citizenship he granted the Guptas.
DA cited section 5(9)(b) of the South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995 which stipulated that the Minister must “within 14 days after the commencement of the sittings of Parliament in each year,” table before the Parliament the names of persons granted citizenship due to “exceptional circumstances” and divulge the reasons for the early granting of citizenship.
With that, DA declared that Gigaba failed to abide by the rules. He failed to table the names of the Guptas. The Director General confirmed this and the DA also confirmed it after scrutinising the affairs of the Parliament during that period, the party stressed.
“By failing to table the Guptas’ citizenship in Parliament, Gigaba has breached the Executive Members Ethics Act which imposes on Ministers the requirement ‘to meet all the obligations imposed on them by law’.
“There is mounting evidence that Minister Malusi Gigaba, his ANC cabinet colleagues and President Jacob Zuma have bent the rules to benefit the Guptas across the board,” DA announced.
Above all, the party charged that a full Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on State Capture must be urgently created. “The extent of the capture of the ANC by the Gupta family grows by the day,” Maimane party wailed.