Claims by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that his granting of early citizenship to the Gupta family was above board were questionable, civic organisations said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Gigaba, who was still the minister of home affairs when the citizenships were granted, said there was "nothing untoward" about what he did. "We have no doubt this has been handled by the book in terms of our laws‚" he said. Legal experts said they were not impressed by such claims. "I don’t believe his decision was rational, given what we knew about the Guptas then and what we know about them now‚" said Paul Hoffman, director of Accountability Now. "I don’t think that he applied his mind in a way that requires him to do so. There is no legitimate purpose being served by granting the Guptas citizenship."

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