[WATCH] Are they or aren't they? Eusebius McKaiser on Gupta citizenship

The Electoral Committee (IEC) says its system is in-sync with that of Home Affairs, meaning all people on the Voters' Roll must be South Africa citizens.

Eusebius McKaiser spoke to IEC Vice-Chairperson Terry Tselane to ask how the Gupta brothers could be on the roll without being citizens of the country.

On Tuesday, Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed that neither Atul or Ajay Gupta are South African citizens.

He's since come under fire on social media and by opposition parties, who say he is lying about the citizenship of the Gupta family.

Members of the family are currently being sought by the Hawks for corruption and money laundering charges in relation to the Estina Dairy Farm and state capture

This is how the interaction went between Eusebius Mckaiser and Terry Tselane.

McKaiser: It is confirmed that Atul Gupta can participate on our electoral processes as a voter; is it possible to vote in this country if you are not a citizen?

Tselane: No it is not possible to do so. In fact if you go through the Electoral Act section 6 refers to who may apply as a voter. Section 6 of section says any South African citizen in possession of an identity document may apply for registration as a voter. So it is not possible for a person to be on the voters roll without being a South African citizen.

McKaiser: Atul Gupta is on the voters roll; from where you are sitting, does it follow that he is a citizen?

Tselane: Every person who is on the voter's roll is a citizen.

McKaiser: Is it possible for someone to be wrongly on your system as a voter who not in fact a citizen?

Tselane: It is impossible because what we do after registering a person, we take that information and check it against the population register and it is only then that we can put a person on the voters roll.

Watch what International Relations minister Lindiwe Sisulu has to say on the Gupta citizenship.


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