Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has released a statement in which he reiterates that the naturalisation papers for the Gupta family were rightfully processed and are completely legitimate.
Gigaba was responding to papers which were circulated via Social Media and which generated “hearsay”.
“The Minister lawfully approved the application in terms of South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act 88 of 1995) that was amended by the South African Citizenship Amendment Act, 2010 (Act No. 17 of 2010)”, reads the statement given by the Ministry of Finance.
The application, which the Ministry of Home Affairs has also stipulated is not out of the ordinary, was handled by Gigaba during his tenure as Minister of Home Affairs.
Despite the legitimacy of the documents, Gigaba has come under fire after information from the #GuptaLeaks surfaced which pegged him as the one responsible for having facilitated the family’s entry into South Africa.
However, the Ministry of Finance has insisted that there is no scandal. Gigaba added that he is more than ready to render all documents pertaining to the naturalisation application of the Gupta family available for scrutiny.
“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”, said Gigaba.