Parliament’s home affairs portfolio committee has expressed disappointment at the decision by home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni to step down. "While the committee acknowledges that departure is inevitable, the resignation of Mr Apleni comes at an unfortunate time," committee chairman Hlomani Chauke said Tuesday. "The committee is preparing to reflect on some of the department’s work, including the Fireblade Aviation issue and the Gupta naturalisation process, which the committee hoped Mr Apleni would have assisted in resolving." Chauke said the committee was also disappointed he was leaving at a time when the department "is in a process of reinvention, aimed at making it a world-class institution". "The achievements of Mr Apleni and his management team in stabilising an underperforming department are commendable. Some of the notable achievements include reaching over 80% of targets, digitising [department] processes and improving financial controls," he said. Home Affairs...

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