On Monday, commander in chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, launched a series of tweets revealing two documents as proof of how the controversial Gupta family obtained South African citizenship through the alleged intervention of then Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba.
The first letter is from an official on behalf of the director general of home affairs explaining that the Gupta family had not been granted citizenship because they had not spent enough time in the country.
The second letter is signed by Gigaba, saying that he had decided to waive the requirements for naturalisation and thus granting the family citizenship.
Immigration Attorney Gary Eisenberg says the two letters are extraordinary.
The letter issued by a departmental official on the 22 of January 2015, purports to say something quite contradictory to departmental policy.— Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney
Eisenberg explains and provides clarity, saying that the departments official policy no longer recognises five, but rather ten years for minimum residency requirement.
The letter clearly shows how the department of home affairs undermines the policies used for other applicants, he adds.
One wonders what are these exceptional circumstances that justify the minister in overturning the decision of home affairs to decline to grant citizenship of the Gupta family.— Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney
Malema may challenge the decision of the minister.— Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney
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