Guptas used ‘KFC school meals’, jobs to get SA citizenship
THE Gupta family said in a motivation letter for early naturalisation that they had provided takeaway meals for school-children as part of a feeding scheme, and for some it was the first time they “ever had something like KFC”.
They wrote the letter after an application for early naturalisation was rejected for Angoori Gupta, the Gupta brothers’ mother; Shivani Gupta, Ajay Gupta’s wife; and their children Kamal and Surya Singhala.
Other information in the letter included that the family invested R25bn in South Africa, employed 7 000 people and were involved in upliftment projects.
The letter was read out yesterday by Richard Sikakane, a former Home Affairs official, during a parliamentary inquiry on the naturalisation process for the family.
MPs were told that no evidence could be found of a feeding scheme at North West schools. The education officials also said they did not believe any donations were made to 77 schools in the area.
But Sikakane said the letter had been viewed as “exceptional circumstances” and had warranted waiving of the naturalisation requirements.
Meanwhile, at the state capture commission of inquiry yesterday, chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo refused applications by the Guptas to cross-examine witnesses and testify from outside the country via a video link, saying there was no reason for them not to return to SA.
Justice Zondo also said he had asked former president Jacob Zuma to respond to evidence by witnesses who implicated him. This was despite Zuma’s decision not to apply to cross-examine witnesses. | Mercury Correspondents and African News Agency (ANA)