Ajay and Atul Gupta Picture: African News Agency (ANA)

Parliament - Parliament's portfolio committee on Home Affairs has started its first day of investigations into the naturalisation of the Gupta family. 

The two-day inquiry will look into investments that were allegedly cited as motivation for the granting of early naturalisation, of the Gupta family members.  

These investments are said to have been made to 75 schools, including some in North West. 

The committee has warned those set to appear before the inquiry into naturalisation of the controversial Gupta family that hostile witnesses will not be treated with kid gloves. 

The Home Affairs Department has been criticised for its "preferential" dealings with the family. 

The controversy around the Gupta family's citizenship began when  Home Affairs Minister Gigaba faced tough questions earlier this year as he attempted to explain whether members of the Gupta family were South African citizens. 

Gigaba first said that Ajay and Atul were not South African citizens, but his direction changed later. 

The copies of identification documents that belong to the brothers surfaced on social media showing that Atul Gupta was not just registered to vote at a primary school, but that he had previously voted.

Former Home Affairs Director-General Mkuslei Apeleni was at pains to explain that Atul and Rajesh Gupta were in fact naturalised citizens - a process that took place several years ago. 

Ajay Gupta is not a citizen but is a permanent resident. 

Those expected to appear during Wednesday's proceedings include:

  1. Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA)
  2. MEC of North West Department of Education and Sports Development
  3. Head of Department: North West Department of Education and Sports and Development
  4. Mr Jackson Mackay
  5. Mr Vusi Mkhize
  6. Mr Cornelius Christians
  7. Major Kobese
  8. Mr Richard Sikakane