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South Africa looks to strip Gupta brother's residency

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

has launched proceedings to strip the status of one of the lynchpins of a controversial Indian business family accused of corruption, an said today.

Ajay Gupta, a fugitive sought by police over alleged graft, now faces the prospect of losing access to facilities as well as his South African identity papers if his residency is rescinded.

Ajay is one of three Indian-born Gupta brothers who are among South Africa's richest people who are now being investigated by police over allegations. The country's graft watchdog has also accused them of having improper links to former

has discussed the "the possibility of revoking Ajay's residency" with Cyril Ramaphosa, his told AFP.

"Since then, he has instructed the to investigate the legal environment for that to happen," told AFP.

Gigaba has had a torrid week after insisting that Ajay's brother was not a South African citizen, only to be contradicted by the election commission which confirmed he was a citizen who was listed on the electoral register.

Gigaba then skipped a sitting of parliament on Wednesday at which he had been due to answer MPs' questions, citing

has launched several investigations into the Guptas and Indian tax officials this week raided several properties belonging to the brothers in their former hometown as part of a money-laundering probe.

Last month, South African authorities raided Gupta properties in as part of the ongoing investigation into the alleged graft.

Ajay was declared a "fugitive from justice" by police after failing to respond to a summons.

Thirteen other people are facing charges linked to allegations that the Guptas embezzled millions of dollars of public money meant for poor South African dairy farmers.

They are also accused of receiving highly-favourable government contracts during Zuma's presidency.

Led by Atul, the family arrived in in 1993 as white-minority apartheid rule crumbled, a year before won the country's first

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 18:50 IST