In a media briefing in Parliament on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said that neither one of the Gupta brothers have citizenship and therefore do not have South African passports.
The briefing was in response to a lot of public criticism as to why Home Affairs could not put a stop to them leaving.
EWN reporter, Lindsay Dentlinger attended the briefing. Speaking to Stephen Grootes, she reports that Gigaba wanted to point out that the application of Ajay Gupta's family was done collectively and included his wife, his mother and two children. Those members do apparently have citizenship.
Gigaba pointing out that the reason Ajay Gupta doesn't have that citizenship is because he refused to renounce his Indian citizenship and for that reason neither he nor his brother have South African citizenship.— Lindsay Dentlinger,EWN reporter
Dentlinger said Gigaba disputed the authenticity of the letter leaked in 2015, granting the Gupta family early naturilisation, renouncing it as fake and stating that his department is investigating how that letter came about.
Gigaba said his department hasn't been approached by any law enforcement agencies asking the Home Affairs department to help track the brothers down and if they have indeed left the country, they have not done so with South African passports as they do not have those, reports Dentlinger.
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