King pin Atul Gupta applies To Return To South Africa

Hardly two days after the Acting Public Protector Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka released a report stating that the Ajay Gupta’s naturalisation by former Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba was unconstitutional, his brother Atul Gupta has now applied at a Gauteng Court to have his passport issued, potential return on the cards perhaps?

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Atul Gupta filed papers last month at the court last month suggesting that the failure to grant his passport by the Home Affairs director-general, effectively amounted to an unlawful conduct and it was reviewable.

Atul and his Gupta family fled South Africa for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, subsequent to former President Jacob Zuma’s removal from the Union Buildings in 2018.

They are facing a litany of allegations for corruption, theft, fraud, money laundering etcetera; and they are also accused of capturing the South African State during Zuma’s tenure, with a whole commission having set up to investigate their influence in matters of government.

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The minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, has at many platforms indicated that Union Buildings was engaging with Abu Dhabi relating to the extradition of the Gupta family and their acquitances, however, he recently claimed that their Middle-Eastern counterparts were dragging their feet in the ground, showing unwillingness to cooperate.

“They the UAE told us what we needed to provide, which we did and that gave us hope because discussions went well, including what we needed to provide, however, there has been an apparent lack of cooperation,” Lamola said.

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In spite of that on-going process, Atul Gupta has sought for the department’s DG to issue him a 10-year valid South African passport by lodging an application at the Gauteng High Court. Atul accuses Home Affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi of having decided that he must not be granted a South African passport based on spurious allegations.

Dr Motsoaledi told media in 2019, that the Guptas had applied for their South African citizenship to be renewed, this was despite their protestations to come back to the country and to answer questions pertaining to allegations of corruption levelled against them.

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Gupta though, has stated the application he made in 2018 was for a reissuance of a new booklet and Dr Motsoaledi terribly missed that aspect of his application, as his passport only expires in 2025. Now, Atul intends to have a new booklet since his current one is running out of pages, which has immediate implications as he will not be able to travel.

“In fact, the application was for the issue of the new booklet since I already possess a valid passport which will expire in 2025 and had applied for a new passport since the pages were running out,” he stated in the affidavit.

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Relating to the Minister’s comments that he will not be granted an new passport, Atul says his constitutional rights are being trampled upon, as by virtue of not possessing a new passport, he will not be able to travel and conduct his normal business.

“…the failure to process my passport application is a way of punishing me by preventing me from travelling, thereby violating my constitutional right to free movement,” he added.

“My circumstances and business activities in South Africa are well-known and it would not be appropriate to describe myself as having a public profile. I have been the subject of speculation and reporting by the media, much of it which is inaccurate,” he continued.

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Gupta went on to say the decision to grant him the passport was within the DG’s discretion and not that of the minister, indicating that he is entitled to a new passport as per the Constitution and the Passport Act, and any decision otherwise is in complete violation of his rights.

The controversial family had been summoned to appear to the Zondo commission of inquiry in 2018 when it started its course, however, they had indicated of their willingness to testify through video link, but Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo outrightly rejected that possibility.

What do you make of the Atul Gupta’s application to have a new passport, do you think he should granted a new passport considering the huge allegations against him?

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Kiss Daniel and chidinma back again-See details

Chidinma Finally Confronts Kizz Daniel!! Here Are The Shocking Details Of Their Reunion

Nigerian singers and Chidinma and Kizz Daniel are back together!!! At least in a new movie, The rumoured love birds are together starring in a romantic comedy titled ‘Love Me’. The romantic comedy ‘Love Me’ is set to debut on the Nigerian movie scene and other markets across Africa.

Away from the usual love stories characteristic of Nigerian home videos, ‘Love me’ comes across in style, class, technique and the whole gamut a Hollywood crafted kind of production, sure to keep audiences on a viewing bliss. According to the producer of the new movie, the work which promises a lot of entertainment value for members of the public, is currently being shot in Lagos. The cast and crew of the movie will shift location to Dubai in the UAE next month.

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‘Love me’, according to the producer, teaches the values of having a strong character and the courage to make the right choices, while also addressing true friendship as one that ought to remain constant when situations oscillate between the good and the bad.

With a stellar cast, which includes Kizz Daniel, Chidinma Ekile, Alex Ekubo, Ngozi Nwosu, Broda Shaggi, Annie Idibia and a host of others, the movie is sure to drive viewers to the cinemas through their influence and their huge social media following as well as its engaging content.

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Two of the movie’s stars, Kizz Daniel and Chidinma were recently involved in heavy rumours of betrayal and disloyalty when Kizz released a song titled ‘Fvck You’ which many claims were shade towards Chidinma who was said to be dating the singer and then cheated on him with other men. The song went viral and also spawned a challenge (#Fvckyouchallenge) which also went viral. Notable artists who took part in the challenge include; Tiwa Savage, Rugged Man, Dremo, Skiibii, Simi, Ycee, Victoria Kimani. Of course, some artists used it as an opportunity to shade their colleagues in the industry. Case in point was Victoria Kimani who took shots at a certain female singer whom she shaded for lying her about her success claiming it was more from sleeping with men for money than rather than from music. Many believed the female artist in question was Mavin star, Tiwa Savage. However, nothing was heard back from the Queen of the Mavin label as her #Fvckyouchallenge was not directed towards any female singer.

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Despite all the drama surrounding his challenge, it seems Kizz Daniel and Chidinma still have some sort of decorum between themselves.

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