Political Desk: Gigaba was returned to DHA to deal with the Gupta issue

Was Minister Malusi Gigaba redeployed to Home Affairs in order to deal with the Gupta family citizenship?

'Yes' says TimesLIVE investigative journalist Kyle Cowan who has been following the story closely.

Gigaba returned to the DHA during President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent cabinet reshuffle.

On Tuesday he said that Atul and Ajay Gupta are not South African citizens, but on Wednesday Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said the minister had made a mistake.

What we know for sure is that Ajay Gupta was not granted citizenship. This is something we feel relatively comfortable in stating, but his wife, his two children and mother were definitely naturalised by Minister Gigaba.

Kyle Cowan, TimesLIVE Investigative Journalist

READ: Gigaba made mistake on Gupta status: D-G of Home Affairs

Cowan says it is confusing that Ajay Gupta was not naturalised with his family while they applied together.

It's still very confusing. There's still a lot of issues surrounding this that definitely need to be looked in to.

Kyle Cowan, TimesLIVE Investigative Journalist

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