Home Affairs discusses 'Gupta link' in visa application issues

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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs held a media briefing regarding the issue of visa applications, on Monday afternoon.

It has been alleged that a Gupta-linked company is involved.

Last week DA Home Affairs shadow minister Haniff Hoosen claimed that money was paid to Islandsite Investments. The payment was for visa application services.

This is despite the fact that Home Affairs has contracted VFS Global to handle the country&39;s visa applications.

Islandsite&39;s directors include Rajesh Gupta and Duduzane Zuma. Hoosen has called on the Public Protector to conduct an investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile both government, and the visa application management company contracted to Home Affairs, have denied any links to the Gupta family.

The department says allegations that Minister Malusi Gigaba is involved in any irregularities are wild and baseless.

VFS Global has been managing Visa Facilitation Centres for the Department of Home Affairs for a number of years.

The company says it is connected to a company with a similar name to the one linked to the Guptas, but they&39;re not directors, nor is Duduzane Zuma.