Court sets aside appointment of Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza

The High Court in Pretoria has reviewed and set aside the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as the head of the Hawks.

Ntlemeza was appointed permanently to the position by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in September 2015, despite Judge Elias Matojane's ruling that Ntlemeza "lacks integrity and honour".

The Freedom Under Law and Helen Suzman Foundation brought arguments before the court saying Ntlemeza is not fit and proper to hold office.

The court has now ruled that Ntlemeza lacks the requisite honesty, integrity and conscientiousness to occupy any public office, and declared his appointment invalid and unlawful.

He said the Minister could not have been satisfied that Ntlemeza was fit and proper if he had considered all the factors.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Listen to the audio below for more details on the court case...

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