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Home Affairs: VFS Global contract has no links to Guptas, Zuma's son

It’s alleged the dept signed a contract with VFS Global, which could benefit the Guptas & Zuma’s son.

Duduzane Zuma. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department has confirmed that its contract with visa application company VFS Global has no links to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane.

Last week, allegations of corruption were made that the contract, which processes and profits from foreigners visiting the country on behalf of the department, is linked to Islandsite Investments.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Haniff Hoosen made claims that the directorship of Islandsite Investments is held by Duduzane and one of the Gupta brothers, Rajesh.

Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni says there are no links between the department and the families in question.

He says the receipt provided by Hoosen, which implicated Islandsite Investments in the issuing of a visa, was for a person travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Apleni says there is no way the department could have handed out a visa on behalf of another country.

VFS Global has also categorically denied having any links to the Gupta and Zuma families and says it has the necessary documentation to prove this.

Apleni said, "The receipt which we have here says S Tasheel RSA (Pty) Ltd - A services centre for Saudi Arabia - so it can't be a South African."

At the same time, Islandsite Investments 309 (Pty) has no links whatsoever to Islandsite Investments 255 (Pty) (the company owned by the Guptas).

There are currently 61 differently numbered companies registered as Islandsite Investments on the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) database.

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