What you need to know about your new acting Hawks head

Yolisa Matakata will temporarily replace Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks, following an announcement by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday.

Ntlemeza was appointed to the top post by then minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, despite a High Court ruling which found he had lied under oath and lacked integrity.

The court ruled this week that Ntlemeza should vacate the post with immediate effect.

READ: Hawks boss Ntlemeza dismissed amid appeal process

Barry Bateman has been reporting on these developments.

He provides some facts we should know about Matakata.

Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata does appear to be a career cop.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

She was prior to this obviously deputy commissioner of the Hawks but before that appointed I think in about 2010 as the Western Cape commissioner for the Hawks .

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Before that she had 15 years experience in the police's crime intelligence.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Matakata says her focus is to continue executing the mandate of the Hawks, among those is corruption and serious economic crimes.

Even Minister Fikile Mbalula raised concerns about the Hawks not hitting their target and these perceptions that the unit is pursuing political ends...With this new acting head, Mbalula hopes to address those perceptions.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

While it’s understood Ntlemeza intends petitioning the supreme court of appeal directly, Mbalula says he will initiate a process to appoint a permanent head by the end of the year.

The minister says the case challenging the appointment of Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks should never have been pursued because it was clearly unwinnable.

Acting National Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Robert McBride.

Click below to listen to the full report by Barry Bateman...


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