12/06/2017 15:16 BST | Updated 12/06/2017 15:16 BST

EFF: Malusi Gigaba Broke The Rules By Pushing Through The Guptas' Citizenship

The EFF is going to court about the decision.

Bloomberg via Getty Images
Malusi Gigaba.

Malusi Gigaba broke the rules by pushing through a citizenship application by the Guptas when he was minister of home affairs, the EFF says.

The party says that whilst Malusi Gigaba was minister of home affairs, he unduly granted the Gupta family South African citizenship.

In a letter dated 2015-01-22, Mr GG Hlatshwayo, on behalf of the Director General, "correctly denied" the Gupta's South African citizenship stating that they "did not comply with the requirement in terms of section 5(1)(b) of the South African Act 2010", the EFF said in a statement on Monday.


Hlatshwayo indicated that the Guptas "did not have 5 years of physical residence in the Republic of South Africa", the statement says.

The application for naturalisation was therefore unsuccessful and the Guptas were advised to make another attempt on December 23, 2015, "provided [they] do not exceed 90 days outside South Africa for every year in the 5 years preceding [their] new application and comply with requirements as prescribed in Citizenship Act, Act 17 of 2010 as amended".

A few months later, Gigaba, in a letter dated 2015-05-30, wrote to the Guptas, granting them, what he terms, "early naturalisation".


Gigaba states that "after careful consideration of the matter, I have decided by the powers vested in me under section 5(9)(a) of the South African Citizenship Amendment Act, 2010 (Act no 17 of 2010), to wave the residential requirements in regards to your application for naturalisation and grant you early naturalisation".

The EFF is taking the matter to court.

HuffPost South Africa contacted Gigaba's spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete, for comment. His cellphone was switched off. This report will be amended to reflect his comment if he replies to requests.