Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday that fugitive Ajay and his brother Atul Gupta were not South African.
JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that Atul Gupta is a registered voter in Saxonwold, despite the Department of Home Affairs saying the Gupta brothers are not South African citizens.
Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday that fugitive Ajay and his brother Atul Gupta were not South African citizens because both refused to renounce their Indian citizenships.
He said, however, that they have permanent residence in the country.
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Contrary to Gigaba’s sentiments around the naturalisation of the controversial Gupta family, the IEC’s Terry Tselane says the commission has found that Atul Gupta is a registered voter and therefore a South African citizen.
“We can confirm that indeed a certain Atul Gupta is registered voter.”
The commission’s CEO Sy Mamabolo says Atul Gupta’s information was verified with the Home Affairs Department.
Meanwhile, two Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs were ejected from the National Assembly for calling Gigaba a “pathological liar”.
Gigaba was conspicuous by his absence in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, where he was meant to answer questions.
Gigaba sent an unsigned sick note to explain his no-show, saying that he was not feeling well.
But the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said they have all the explanation they need.
The EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said: “Gigaba has actually given a reason for his absence today because he goes around lying to South Africans. We’re dealing with a liar, a pathological liar.”
(Edited by Raphael Chizatso Moyo)