Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has told Parliament that the Gupta family’s "investor status" was a key consideration when her predecessor‚ Malusi Gigaba‚ decided to grant them early naturalisation. Briefing the home affairs portfolio committee on the controversial early naturalisation granted by Gigaba‚ which came to light several months ago‚ Mkhize said she supported the decision. The issue came under the spotlight months ago when it emerged that Gigaba had failed to notify Parliament of his decision, as required by law. Mkhize finally appeared before the portfolio committee after several attempts to discuss it with her by MPs who were still pursuing a meeting with Gigaba for his version of events. "[Gigaba] made a judgment call. He must have questioned the department and they recommended that he approves. From my side‚ what I saw from the documents‚ the issue of this family being investors in this country dominated the correspondence. There is nothing much about them except...

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