Parliament - The chairman of a parliamentary inquiry had to call for order on Thursday when MPs sniggered and others burst out laughing when a former home affairs official read out a letter motivating why members of the Gupta family should be granted citizenship.
The inquiry by Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee is investigating whether there were any irregularities in the granting of early naturalisation to the Gupta brothers and members of their family.
It emerged that after an application for early naturalisation was rejected for Angoori Gupta, the Guptas' mother, Shivani Gupta, Ajay Gupta's wife, and their children Kamal and Surya Singhala, an appeal was lodged with then home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba.
The motivation included that the family invested R25 billion in South Africa, employed 7 000 people and was involved in social upliftment projects.
"Another ongoing project which we are very proud of is our school feeding scheme whereby we support different schools in the suburbs which we operate by providing stationary kits, school uniforms and take-away lunch for every pupil at the school," the letter, read out by Richard Sikakane, a former home affairs official involved in the naturalisation process, said.