International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says she is surprised by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's announcement that neither Ajay nor Atul Gupta have been granted citizenship in South Africa.
On Tuesday, Gigaba briefed media about the naturalisation of five members of the Gupta family.
Sisulu joined Karima Brown on her show on Tuesday, to discuss her new appointment and her plans for the portfolio.
Asked whether the brothers can be extradited, Sisulu said it would be possible to make a request to the Inidan government to have the brothers back in the country, should they be criminally charged.
We do have good relations with India. It would be possible for us to request from the Indian government to allow us to have them back should there be any charges against them,.— Lindiwe Sisulu, International Relations and Cooperation Minister
We do have a treaty with India so it would be quite easy for us to ask the Indian government to allows to have them to come and stand trial, so that part I am certain of because it has been confirmed. And as for the whole process of whether or not they are citizens, that doesn't hold any water now. if we have a treaty with India, whether they are citizens or not, they will still have to come and answer for whatever it is they are charged with.— Lindiwe Sisulu, International Relations and Cooperation Minister
I am surprised that they are not South African citizens, because we had been informed that the entire family had been given citizenship and I thought that was the whole issue around former minister Hlengiwe Mkhize and their interpretation of events was around the issue of naturalisation. But if they are not citizens of South Africa, then I think it bodes well for us.— Lindiwe Sisulu, International Relations and Cooperation Minister
My suggestion Karima is why don't you invite minister Gigaba to come on the show and explain himself? I will advise him to come to the show and explain himself and give some clarity to the entire nation.— Lindiwe Sisulu, International Relations and Cooperation Minister
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