Home Affairs DG Apleni to challenge suspension in court

Apleni's lawyer Sandile July says it's not exactly clear what his client is being accused of.

FILE: Suspended Home Affairs DG Mkuseli Apleni. Picture: Department of Home Affairs Flickr account.

CAPE TOWN - Suspended Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni intends challenging his suspension in court, his lawyer Sandile July has confirmed.

In a brief one-line statement, Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize announced on Monday afternoon that she was placing Apleni on precautionary suspension with immediate effect.

She gave no reasons for her decision to sanction the DG who was appointed to the position in 2010.

July says it's not exactly clear what his client is being accused of.

He says the minister provided vague reasons in a letter sent to him several days ago.

“The minister has asked him to settle legal issues amicably in the department and that he has not called the meeting with the staff.”

But he claims when Apleni asked the minister to elaborate, she apparently didn't respond to his request for clarity.

The minister's surprise announcement has left many, including Members of Parliament, wondering why Apleni has been sanctioned.