Thursday, 19 April, 2018

IEC confirms Atul Gupta is registered to vote

Last month South African authorities raided Last month South African authorities raided Gupta properties in Johannesburg in the ongoing investigation into the graft scandal
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 19:47

The application sought to have the court declare that approval for a terminal at OR Tambo International Airport - allegedly granted by Gigaba in early 2016 while he was still minister of home affairs - could not be revoked.

Before the second question was asked in the House on Wednesday, Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen rose on a point of order, and asked Speaker Baleka Mbete, "Where is Minister Gigaba?"

The Department of Home Affairs has attempted to clear the confusion surrounding the naturalisation of the Guptas by clarifying that Atul and Rajesh Gupta are indeed South African citizens, but that fugitive Ajay Gupta is not.

Gigaba has come under fire from the opposition for failing to pitch for a National Assembly question and answer session.

The India-born Guptas, one of wealthiest business families in South Africa, are being probed over corruption charges by the African nation and their links to former president Jacob Zuma, who stepped down after multiple graft scandals.

"The EFF has been telling the whole country that we are dealing with an unpatriotic pathological liar who is not deserving of public office".

Minutes later‚ Mbete read a letter from Gigaba's office‚ explaining that he had been booked off due to ill-health.

"I have no power over the veracity of the letter", she answered.

Apleni said that Atul had, in fact, been naturalised in 2002 and was granted citizenship before Gigaba was the Minister of Home Affairs.

Apleni said there are 23 Gupta family members who have South African citizenship‚ which means 39 have permanent residence permits.

"The reason that Ajay Gupta was not naturalised is that he did not renounce his Indian citizenship". The DG reiterated that Ajay was not a citizen of South Africa.

Entering the ID number of Atul Gupta's ID document which was contained in the #GuptaLeaks, the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) website confirms he was registered to vote at Saxonwold Primary School.

In an about turn, the director general of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni said Gigaba had made an error when he said Atul Gupta was not naturalised.