'Apleni free to approach court over suspension'

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says she is not moved, as it is Mkuseli Apleni's right to go to court.

Newly appointed  Minister of Home Affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize prepares to take her oath during the swearing in ceremony of President Jacob Zuma's new cabinet in Pretoria on 31 March 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department’s former director general Mkuseli Apleni is free to approach the court after he was suspended on Monday.

Apleni was given a letter stating he's been placed on precautionary suspension.

The Home Affairs Department has still not made it clear why it suspended its DG.

In the meantime, Apleni has through his lawyer indicated that he is planning to challenge the move in court because the minister is apparently not authorised to suspend him.

But Minister Mkhize says she is not moved, as it is Apleni's right to go to court.

“We’re in democracy, people are free to do what they want to do and no one can interfere with anyone’s rights.”

Apleni's lawyer spoke to 702 recently, explaining how only the president can suspend a DG.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)