Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has maintained that he has never done any favours for the Gupta family nor received any gratification from them.
On Tuesday, the Home Affairs Minister appeared before a parliamentary inquiry into the naturalisation of Gupta family members, defending accusations that he acted improperly in granting citizenship to four family members of Gupta brother, Ajay.
Eyewitness News reporter Lindsay Dentlinger was there.
He had a submission of responses that we have pretty much heard before. Really trying to stress that he as the minister is linked in a very long chain within the department in granting naturalisation and that he was not hands-on and involved in their application.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Gigaba insists he had no role to play in state capture, despite his interactions with the family.
He conceded to attending their events but did not manage invitations that came to him. These were managed by his office and he might on occasion have attended some Diwali celebrations and attended that wedding. He did not deny any of that but he says certainly Gupta brothers did not call him on his cellphone and that he did not meet with them outside of South Africa.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
In a written submission to the committee he made it clear that other ministers had attended these Diwali events but when pushed by MPs to name who those ministers are, he wouldn't do so.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
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Chairperson of the Committee on Home Affairs Hlomani Chauke says while more work needs to be done to determine what went wrong, it is clear due diligence was not followed.
It was very clear that due diligence was not properly done but I don't want to make a conclusion now because we still have to do more work. Other witnesses are still going to come, after that we will then make our own determination and our own recommendation.— Hlomani Chauke, Chairperson of the Committee on Home Affairs
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