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Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has announced the precautionary suspension of director-general Mkuseli Apleni. The suspension, disclosed in a brief statement, follows pressure about decisions the department made in granting the controversial Gupta family naturalisation. Without offering an explanation for the suspension, the department simply said in the statement: “The Home Affairs Minister, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, announced that the department’s director-general, Mr Mkuseli Apleni, has been placed on precautionary suspension as of today, September 18 2017.” In June, Apleni admitted to Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs that the approved naturalisation of the controversial Gupta family into SA was not tabled before Parliament, as required.

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