JOHANNESBURG, June 13 South Africa's Finance
Minister Malusi Gigaba denied unlawfully granting citizenship to
five members of the wealthy Gupta family who are friends of
President Jacob Zuma, during his time as minister of home
"There is no impropriety on the part of the Minister in
relation to how the application in question has been handled,"
the finance ministry said in a statement, adding that it was
within Gigaba's powers to shorten the process for the family.
The accusation against Gigaba was made on Monday by Julius
Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters
(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by James Macharia)