Opposition MPs pushing for Parly to summon Hlengiwe Mkhize and Malusi Gigaba

Both the Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and the Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize have failed to arrive for a meeting to discuss the decision to grant the Gupta family citizenship.

Two weeks ago the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) published a letter signed by Gigaba when he was home affairs minister, in which he waived the residential qualifications for the family, granting them their South African citizenship.

READ: Letters showing Gigaba fast-tracked Guptas' SA citizenship a 'smoking gun'

Other claims have also emerged through the Gupta leaks, in which Gigaba has been accused of appointing certain people to the boards of Transnet and Eskom.

Eyewitness News reporter Rahima Essop has more on the story. She says MPs are frustrated.

One by one they have voiced their dismay. The DA's position is that MPs are now unable to put questions to Gigaba who used his powers to grant the Gupta citizenship. Corne Mulder of the Freedom Front Plus said that the only option left is to summon the ministers.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Mulder went on to say that members of the executive need to respect Parliament. The EFF held a similar position says Essop.

ANC members took a softer approach saying that Cabinet ministers also have to be respected and that ministers have busy schedules.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni was present.

The director general finds himself dealing with a hot potato issue this afternoon. His approach so far has been to guide MPs step by step through the process that was followed in granting the Gupta's citizenship.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

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