WATCH: Gupta citizenship as clear as mud

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File: Atul Gupta filed an application on 19 February to challenge the NPAs forfeiture unit from freezing the money.

File: Atul Gupta filed an application on 19 February to challenge the NPAs forfeiture unit from freezing the money.

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File: Atul Gupta filed an application on 19 February to challenge the NPAs forfeiture unit from freezing the money.

File: Atul Gupta filed an application on 19 February to challenge the NPAs forfeiture unit from freezing the money.

JOHANNESBURG - The issue of the controversial Gupta brothers&39; citizenship is as clear as mud. 

On Tuesday afternoon, newly re-appointed Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, held a press briefing where he stated that Ajay and Athul Gupta are not South African citizens. 

 

 

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However, a South African ID number for Atul Gupta has subsequently emerged and, when tested on the IEC&39;s website, reveals the person with that ID number is registered to vote in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, where the Guptas reside. 

 

  • Editor&39;s note: The relevant ID number has been edited out of the pictures below in the interest of protecting personal information. 

Watch the video in the gallery above for more information from eNCA&39;s Lester Kiewit

eNCA Senior Researcher Angelo Fick points out that Gigaba did not deal with statements by his predecessor in 2017 that the Guptas are in fact South African citizens. 

 

 

The minister&39;s spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete was asked after the briefing whether the Gupta&39;s have South African citizenship but did not answer the question.

You can watch the interview below.