Parly committee chair to step in to get Gupta naturalisation inquiry off ground
The committee heard from its research team that several government departments are stalling the process because they have not provided the information it needs.
CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has bemoaned the slow pace of getting its inquiry into the naturalisation of the Gupta family off the ground.
It’s been almost a year since it was instructed by Parliament to investigate matters related to state capture.
The committee on Wednesday heard from its research team that several government departments, including Home Affairs, are stalling the process because they have not provided the information it needs.
The committee says it wants to investigate the naturalisation of all Gupta family members and not only the family of Ajay Gupta.
The committee’s support staff says it's received no response to its request for documents from Home Affairs and the Education Department in the North West, where the Guptas pledged to social responsibility projects at schools.
The committee’s newly elected chairperson Patrick Chauke says the committee is not in a position to launch a public inquiry because it doesn’t have a solid base to work from.
“We may find that the current minister is assigned to one person or 10 people, however, at the moment we don’t know.”
Chauke says he will be stepping in to speed up the process, and subpoena documents where necessary to prepare for the inquiry to start in August.
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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)