IN MEMES: 'Pants on fire': Twitter reacts to Gigaba's sick plea

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File: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba often speaks of restoring investor confidence in South Africas economy.

File: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba often speaks of restoring investor confidence in South Africas economy.

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File: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba often speaks of restoring investor confidence in South Africas economy.

File: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba often speaks of restoring investor confidence in South Africas economy.

JOHANNESBURG - When home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba pleaded illness for not appearing in the National Assembly to answer questions on Wednesday, South Africans expressed their scepticism. 

Gigaba&39;s question and answer session was scheduled a day after he told journalists neither Ajay Gupta nor Atul Gupta were South African citizens. 

Just hours later, a photograph of Atul Gupta&39;s passport was circulated on social media, and then the backtracking began, with the home affairs spokesperson saying Gigaba had meant he did not personally grant the Guptas citizenship. 

Later, the ANC said there had been a miscommunication, while the IEC confirmed Atul Gupta is registered to vote

Home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni tried to clarify the issue on Wednesday, saying that Atul and Rajesh Gupta are naturalised South African citizens, but their brother Ajay is not.

Twitter users were merciless in their cynicism of Gigaba&39;s failure to show in Parliament.