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Gigaba says both Atul & Rajesh Gupta each have 2 SA passports

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's also moved to clarify how that it is possible to have more than one active passport.

FILE: Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has confirmed that controversial Indian businessman Atul Gupta and his brother Rajesh each have two valid and active South African passports in their possession.

He's also confirmed that Rajesh got same day service when he applied for his two most recent passports.

The details have emerged in a written reply to an EFF parliamentary question.

Gigaba's also moved to clarify how that it is possible to have more than one active passport.

Last month, the Home Affairs minister faced a barrage of questions about the Gupta family’s citizenship, and whether they hold South African passports.

Gigaba has now confirmed that since 2002, Atul has been issued with five South African passports.

Rajesh has been issued eight - dating back to 2006.

What remains suspicious though, is that Rajesh Gupta applied for two passports in Pretoria on 3 November last year and was issued with both documents on the very same day.

Although Gigaba has said their brother Ajay is not a South African citizen and doesn’t have a South African passport, his reply to the EFF's question reveals that Ajay’s wife, Shivani, also has two active South African passports.

In his reply, Gigaba also says it’s possible to have two active passports if the second application is made when a passport is full or sent for visa applications.

PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT?

Despite denials from Home Affairs that it's offered preferential treatment to the Gupta family, details related to the South African passports of Atul and Rajesh show otherwise.

While it’s the average South African’s experience that a new passport will take at least a week to process, it was not the case for the Gupta brothers.

Atul only waited four days for one of his two active passports issued in 2013 while the other he received in 2015 on the same day as application.

Rajesh has also enjoyed speedy service at Home Affairs for the eight passports he’s applied for over the years receiving a passport in just one day in 2015.

But it’s the two passports he applied for and received on the same day in November that’s sure to spark further questions.

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