South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission has said it is not possible for anyone to vote in the country’s elections without being a citizen.
The IEC’s ruling came after pictures of what’s believed to be Atul Gupta’s South African identity book emerged and when verified on the commission’s website, it showed that the ID number is registered to vote at Saxonworld Primary School which is close to the controversial family’s compound.
Local media earlier quoted Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba as saying that Ajay and Atul Gupta are not South African citizens.
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said that she is surprised to hear that the Gupta brothers do not have South African citizenship.
Sisulu said that the brothers could be extradited back to South Africa should they be criminally charged, if a request is made to the Indian government.
“As for the whole process on whether or not they’re citizens, it actually doesn’t hold any water now. We have a treaty with India, whether they’re Indian citizens or not, they will still have to come and answer for whatever it is that they’re charged with,” he said on a television show on Tuesday night.