Former Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni. PHOTO: ANA

Johannesburg - The High Court in Pretoria will on Tuesday, hear the urgent application by former director-general of the Home Affairs Department, Mkuseli Apleni, for a declaration that his suspension from his duties by the home affairs minister was unconstitutional and invalid. 

On September 18, the department announced Apleni had been suspended.

Without elaborating on the reasons, a short statement issued by the department said Apleni had been placed on “precautionary suspension” with immediate effect.

“The Home Affairs Minister, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, announced that the department’s Director-General, Mr Mkuseli Apleni, has been placed on precautionary suspension as of today, 18 September 2017,” according to a statement attributed to Mkhize’s spokesperson Mpume Madlala.