Parliament - As far as North West Education MEC Sello Lehari is concerned, the Gupta family never made any investments at schools in his province, despite the family listing this as a motivation for early naturalisation.
Lehari was on Wednesday testifying at a parliamentary inquiry into how the Gupta brothers, close friends of former President Jacob Zuma, as well as other relatives and associates of the family obtained early citizenship via naturalisation in South Africa.
The family listed as a motivation investments of R25 billion in South Africa, including investments at schools.
Lehari said the first they learned about the "alleged investments" at schools in the North West was when Parliament's home affairs committee, which is conducting the inquiry, contacted them in May this year.
Lehari said when his department investigated the 77 schools which were listed by the Guptas in their application for early naturalisation, officials could not verify the existence of one of these schools, while various others had not benefited, despite, being listed as beneficiaries.