Gigaba pushed through Guptas SA citizenship - EFF
Source: News 24, 12/06/2017
In a letter dated 2015-01-22, Mr GG Hlatshwayo on behalf of the
Director General correctly denied the Guptas South African citizenship
stating that they did not comply with the requirement in terms of
section 5(1)(b) of the South African Act 2010 the EFF said in a
statement on Monday.
Hlatshwayo indicated that the Guptas did not have five years of
physical residence in the Republic of South Africa the statement
The application for naturalisation was therefore unsuccessful and the
Guptas were advised to make another attempt on December 23 2015
provided [they] do not exceed 90 days outside South Africa for every
year in the five years preceding [their] new application and comply
with requirements as prescribed in Citizenship Act, Act 17 of 2010 as
A few months later, Gigaba, in a letter dated 2015-05-30, wrote to the
Guptas, granting them, what he terms, "early naturalisation".
Gigaba states that "after careful consideration of the matter, I have
decided by the powers vested in me under section 5(9)(a) of the South
African Citizenship Amendment Act, 2010 (Act no 17 of 2010), to wave
the residential requirements in regards to your application for
naturalisation and grant you early naturalisation".
The EFF is taking the matter to court.
Department of Home Affairs spokesperson David Hlabane said the
department would have to check on the claim before commenting.
'We need to go back to our files with our team to check and verify
the information that you require, and then we will be able to respond.'