Some members of the controversial Gupta family, who are being investigated for corruption, reportedly recently tried to renew their South African passports.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says his department has rejected the family’s efforts to renew their passports, News24 and the SABC reported.
“Some of them (Guptas) applied for passports. I think the pages are full or may have expired. Regarding the renewal of their passports; yes, they applied. Despite the South African government trying to get them extradited, ”Motsoaledi said.
He is not stupid about giving passports to the Guptas so they can travel around the world with a South African passport, he said.
In 2016, the controversial family, under increasing pressure, left South Africa and stayed in Dubai because of allegations that they were ex-pres. Jacob Zuma’s cabinet appointments influenced.
This year in October, the US Treasury also announced sanctions against the controversial Gupta family and their associate Salim Essa.
South Africa itself is also part of a lengthy discussion with the United Arab Emirates for the extradition of the Guptas and their co-accused.
Last Wednesday, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said at the eighth session of the Abu Dhabi State Party Conference that South Africa is committed to punishing those guilty of corruption, especially state hijacking.