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southafricalogoTimesLive reports that Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, has made an urgent application to the Pretoria High Court for a declaration that his suspension from his duties by Minister of Home Affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize was unconstitutional and invalid.  

Apleni was placed on precautionary suspension on 18 September, pending the outcome of an investigation.  He has asked for his application to be heard on 3 October, saying his case was urgent because he believed Mkhize would try to settle multimillion-rand disputes in his absence, including a claim from Atlantic Corporate Travel, a company that her son Sizwe Mkhize works for.  He has also raised other concerns, including current litigation between the department and Fireblade, owned by the Oppenheimer family, and a claim of R300-million against the department by Double Ring Trading 222, a company Home Affairs accused of fraud in 2009 and stopped paying.  One of the reasons given by Mkhize for the action against Apleni was that he had "dismally failed to show diligence and urgency" in resolving legal disputes involving the department.

  • Read this report by Kyle Cowan in full at TimesLive

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