Suspended home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni. Picture: ANA

Pretoria -  Suspended Director General of Home Affairs Mkuseli Apleni is expected back at the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

Apleni turned to the courts after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize placed him on precautionary suspension on September 18. He wants the court to overturn his suspension and order his reinstatement.

His lawyer, SJ Thema, said  they are expecting the Deputy Judge President to give them directive on the matter.

Earlier this week on Tuesday the presiding judge said he would recuse himself because he felt that the matter was "too complex" to deal with in the urgent court which has a congested roll. Subsequently, the matter was rescheduled to be heard on Thursday.

In court papers, Apleni said the minister’s reasons for suspending him were irrational and the process she followed was procedurally unfair. He maintains that only the president has the power to suspend him.