Zuma doesn’t support suspension of Home Affairs DG - Presidency

The Presidency says it filed an affidavit merely to clarify that the minister did have the requisite authority to suspend the director general.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Presidency has rejected reports claiming President Jacob Zuma supports the suspension of Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni.

Apleni has approached the High Court seeking an order declaring that Home Affair Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize does not have the authority to suspend him.

The minister suspended him last month on the grounds of alleged gross misconduct, but Apleni has hit back, saying she wants to clear the way to push through questionable deals.

Apleni has relied on a letter signed by Zuma earlier this year showing that the power to suspend director generals has not been delegated to ministers.

Zuma was therefore cited as a respondent along with Mkhize.

The Presidency says it filed an affidavit merely to clarify that the minister did have the requisite authority to suspend the director general.

Zuma’s office stresses that it was made clear it had no intention of addressing the merits of the allegations of misconduct against Apleni.

It’s on these grounds that the presidency says reports that Zuma supports Apleni’s suspension are inaccurate.
The matter is set to be heard on 17 October.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)