Hawks boss Ntlemeza dismissed amid appeal process

The High Court in Pretoria has ordered that the appointment of Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza be immediately set aside while he attempts to appeal the matter.

Ntlemeza was arguing in court to have a judgment, which effectively kicked him out of his job, reviewed.

Read: Court sets aside appointment of Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza

The court has ruled that Berning Ntlemeza is no longer Head of the Hawks and that his appointment must be struck.

Stephen Grootes, senior EWN reporter

Freedom Under Law and Helen Suzman Foundation brought arguments before the court saying Ntlemeza is not fit and proper to hold office, reports EWN's Stephen Grootes.

The civil society groups asked that the court ruling be implemented immediately while the appeal is still being heard, Grootes explains.

Read: Police ministry unashamed after judges condemn Ntlemeza appointment

Former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko had intended to apply for leave to appeal in the matter, but his successor Fikile Mbalula withdrew the court application.

Also read: Police union slams Nhleko for abusing court process to protect Ntlemeza

Ntlemeza may choose to continue with the appeal process, but he will likely be replaced by an acting Hawks Head.

Take a listen to the EWN update:


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