Gigaba initiates process to revoke Ajay Gupta’s permanent residency – report

Ajay Gupta at a one on one interview with Business Day. Image Credits: Martin Rhodes

Ajay Gupta’s South African permanent residency is up in the air after Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has begun the process to have it revoked.

According to the Sunday Times, Gigaba has instructed his director-general Mkuseli Apleni to investigate how Ajay obtained the residency permit and to seek legal advice about how to withdraw it.

Gigaba’s swift action follows after he met with President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss his contradictory statements on the citizenship of Atul Gupta.

Gigaba’s spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete confirmed that he spoke to Ramaphosa about “the possibility of invoking Ajay’s permanent residency”.

“Since then he has instructed the DG to investigate the legal environment for that to happen,” he said.

Gigabit’s latest decision is seen as a strategy to distance himself from the controversial family following a press conference on Tuesday where he claimed both Ajay and Atul were not citizens. Apleni later announced that Gigaba made a mistake as Atul was a citizen.

[Source: Sunday Times]

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