Parliament - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday maintained that the Gupta family did not receive any favours from himself or his department to gain early naturalisation.
"There is no evidence of a corrupt relationship," Gigaba replied when pressed about the nature of his relationship with the Indian-born family implicated in a massive rent-seeking scandal believed to have cost the national purse billions of rands.
The question was posed by Democratic Alliance member of Parliament (MP) Haniff Hoosen.
On the day that Nhlanhla Nene quit as finance minister after was forced to admit that he visited the Gupta's Saxonwold home on at least six occasions, Gigaba said it was normal that he interacted with the family, just as he interacted with other businessmen.
"It was not a personal relationship, it was a professional relationship as a public representative... it does not stand to reason that I am beholden because I engaged with them."