Lieutenant-general Berning Ntlemeza is still out of a job, after his urgent court interdict was struck off the roll at the High Court in Pretoria.
The High Court struck the matter from the roll on Thursday morning, on the grounds that it lacked urgency, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.
Last month, the High Court in Pretoria ordered that Ntlemeza's appointment be immediately set aside, finding that he’s not fit to hold the top post.
But Ntlemeza’s lawyers argued that the court order, which effectively kicked him out of his job, has technically been suspended because he is appealing the matter.
Bateman says the court also found that previous judgment permanently disqualifies him from being appointed as the head of the Hawks, irrespective of any pending appeal.
Irrespective of any pending appeal, the order setting aside his appointment as head of Hawks will remain in effect.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
On all scores, Ntlemeza has lost in the matter.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
Ntlemeza has approached the High Court to block Police Minister Fikile Mbalula from prohibiting him from reporting for duty.
The lieutenant-general’s main appeal against the order handed down in March setting aside his appointment is scheduled to be heard in two weeks time, but a judge has made it clear that there is no point.
Those findings against of impropriety against Berning Ntlemeza still stand. And as long as they still stand, he is permanently disqualified from holding the position of head of Hawks.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
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