Parly committee finds Gigaba’s naturalisation of Guptas was fraudulent

A member of the committee has confirmed that the entire naturalisation process should be reviewed while MPs have also recommended criminal proceedings be followed.

FILE: A screengrab of Ajay Gupta. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s Home Affairs committee says that the naturalisation process for members of the Gupta family was fraudulent and should be reviewed.

The committee has completed its inquiry into the issue.

A member of the committee has confirmed that the entire naturalisation process should be reviewed. MPs have also recommended criminal proceedings be followed.

The committee complained that its probe into the Gupta naturalisation matter should have been concluded much earlier.

Parliamentarians last week said they were struggling to get hold of Gupta associate Ashu Chawla.

Chawla was the alleged mastermind behind the Gupta’s naturalisation and entry into South Africa.

Chawla, through his lawyer, had earlier demanded that Parliament pay for a business class air ticket for him to travel from India to South Africa so he could appear before the committee.

During the committee’s probe into the matter last year, former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's relationship with the Gupta family came under the spotlight and whether he facilitated state capture by granting the family early naturalisation.

Gigaba described his relationship with the family as strictly professional.

The former minister told MPs that just because he interacted with the family and attended some of their events, including the controversial Sun City wedding, didn’t mean that he was beholden to them.