Parliament has set aside at least four days next month to conduct an inquiry to investigate the early naturalisation of members of the Gupta family.

Cape Town - Parliament has set aside at least four days next month to conduct an inquiry to investigate the early naturalisation of members of the Gupta family.

This was announced when the home affairs portfolio committee met on Wednesday to consider a report of the preliminary investigation by the parliamentary research and legal services.

Committee chairperson Hlomane Chauke said four days have been set aside between September 11 and September 14 for the inquiry.

"We have put together four days for engagement," Chauke said.

He urged committee members to study the documents that have been provided by the department.

"You are in possession of all information submitted by the department. Please go through the documents, look again and engage," he said.

"We are to put the department under oath to talk to us. We will demand certain information so we don't want them to say we gave the information.

"Members, make sure you familiarise yourselves with the questions," Chauke said, adding that the legal services would only administer oaths to the unidentified witnesses.

"We are going to pose these questions to the department," he said.

During the meeting, committee members looked at the report and identified documentation that was still needed from the department and also discussed questions to be sent to the department on specific issues.

"We will do the preparation of questions, prepare the package and send them to the department and members," Chauke said.

The committee has already identified several people to testify at the inquiry, starting with current Home Affair Minister Malusi Gigaba and former ministers Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

The Gupta brothers will be called along with their former business associates Nazeem Howa and former Home Affairs Department officials Mkuseli Apleni and Richard Sikakane are likely to be called as well.

Political Bureau