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Home Affairs DG Mkuseli Apleni suspended

The sanction is confirmed in a one-sentence statement released a short while ago by Minister Mkhize without giving details.

FILE: Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has announced that the department’s Director-General Mkuseli Apleni has been placed on precautionary suspension.

The sanction is confirmed in a one-sentence statement released a short while ago by Mkhize without giving details.

Apleni's suspension is effective immediately.

The decision comes as a surprise to members of the Parliamentary oversight committee responsible for Home Affairs.

Its chairperson Lemias Mashile says this might cause instability in the department.

“Any change of administration at that level will have an impact on the efficiency of the department over a particular period of time and that’s what we would have loved least to happen.”

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Haniff Hoosen says the minister should give reasons.

“This decision by Minister Mkhize comes as quite a surprise. In the least, she should have taken the nation into her confidence and put out the reasons why she has suspended him, so that people understand exactly what the reasons are and that he should be able to provide a response.

Home Affairs has been in the news lately because of questions around former minister Malusi Gigaba's decision to grant members of the Gupta family early naturalisation.

Although Apleni maintained that the process was above board, he conceded that the matter was not tabled before Parliament as required.