Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs has resumed its hearings on the naturalisation of the controversial Gupta family.
Among the witnesses expected to testify at the hearings this week are Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and Jackie Mackay, the deputy director general of Immigration Services.
During a previous round of hearings, parliamentary legal advisor Siviwe Njikela said the home minister has the power to grant early naturalisation to a person who did not meet requirements.
Former Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni acknowledged before the committee that he had signed the naturalisation papers for the Gupta brothers and their extended family. He conceded that he signed the papers even though several members of the family did not meet the requirements, and Ajay Gupta had not renounced his Indian citizenship.
“I looked at the document (application), and I’m on record that I recommended the document. If I had an issue with it, I would have written and said I don’t support because of this, and this, and this,” Apleni told the committee last month.
The new round of hearings are expected to last three days.