- Mkuseli Apleni has resigned from his position of Home Affairs director general, a position he held for nearly ten years
- He successfully appealed his suspension by then minister Hlengiwe Mkhize in 2017
- Apleni was believed to be getting ready to act as the ‘fall-guy’ for the Gupta naturalisation scandal
Mkuseli Apleni has resigned from his position of Home Affairs director, a position he has held for close to a decade. His resignation is expected to be confirmed by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba later on Monday.
Apleni has overseen some of the biggest scandals to ever have hit the department and was believed by Home Affairs insiders getting ready to act as the ‘fall-guy’ for the high-publicised Gupta naturalisation scandal.
The Citizen.co.za reported that Apleni originally rejected the Gupta’s application for South African citizenship because the family did not meet the requirements of the department. Apleni claimed that Gigaba had overruled his original decision.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Apleni and former Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize also had a tense relationship and he successfully appealed a decision by Mkhize to suspend him in 2017.
eNCA.com reported that at the time Mkhize described Apleni as unstable and a threat to the stability of the entire department of Home Affairs.
Apleni successfully argued that only the President of the Republic of South Africa had the authority to suspend or remove him from office. He said Mkhize wanted him out of the department so she could settle court cases which he had refused to settle.
The department shocked the nation earlier this year when it was revealed Home Affairs was understaffed by at least 8,000 people.
Apleni is not expected to be taking up a position elsewhere in the public service or government.
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