South Africa 17.10.2017 07:54 am

Suspended SA Home Affairs DG Apleni back in court

Director-general of home affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, addresses the media to announce new tariffs for ID documents, passports and other documents. Photo: Johann Hattingh/ Citizen

Director-general of home affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, addresses the media to announce new tariffs for ID documents, passports and other documents. Photo: Johann Hattingh/ Citizen

Apleni turned to the courts after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize placed him on precautionary suspension on September 18.

Suspended Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni is expected to appear in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, to challenge his suspension.

Apleni turned to the courts after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize placed him on precautionary suspension on September 18. He wants the court to overturn his suspension and order his reinstatement.

In court papers, Apleni said the minister’s reasons for suspending him were irrational and the process she followed was procedurally unfair. He maintains that only the president has the power to suspend him.

Apleni also claims the minister was intent on settling certain matters which he was opposing. The suspended high ranking home affairs official also said that to date no acting director-general had been appointed in his place. He said this meant that the department was operating without leadership.

 

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