Public Protector Releases Damning Findings on Gigaba-Gupta Investigation

Written by on 8 February, 2021

By: Sthulile Mdletshe & Mfundo Mabaso

The Public Protector has found that former Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, might have breached executive ethics codes when he granted the Guptas early naturalisation into South Africa.

According to the public protector Gigaba granted the Gupta’s citizenship into the country without proper validation.

This investigation originates from two complaints lodged by DA Member of Parliament (MP), Haniff Hoosen and the EFF MP, Floyd Shivhambuin 2017 and 2018, alleging that Gigaba failed to comply with the provisions of a SA Citizenship Act.

This act requires the Minister of Home Affairs “within 14 days after the commencement of the sittings of Parliament in each year”, to table in Parliament the names of persons granted South African citizenship because of “under exceptional circumstances…” and in doing so, violated the Executive Ethics Code, to which all Cabinet Members are bound.

On the other hand, Shivambu,  alleged that Gigaba abused the provisions of the act when he granted his acquaintances, the Gupta family early naturalization, and further Gigaba together with the Director General of Home Affairs told the media that Atul an Ajay Gupta were not citizens of South Africa.

In a statement the Public Protector says the former minister broke the trust of the public in 2018 when he informed the media that the Gupta brothers were not South African citizens.

The report further adds that these certificates were granted to Ajay and the rest of the Gupta brothers and family without any requisite exceptional to the circumstances.


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