Parliament can't intervene on Ntlemeza/Mbalula stand-off yet

The stand-off between the Police Minister and axed Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has intensified with Ntlemeza taking the Minister to court to prevent him from interfering in his duties.

Ntlemeza has defied the court order setting aside his appointment and Mbalula's decision to dismiss him pending the appeal.

Chairperson of the Parliament's portfolio committee on police, Francois Beukman, says the committee will have to wait for the legal outcome regarding the matter involving axed Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza.

Beukman says the committee will ask the Hawks (The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) next week whether the work is still being done properly with Ntlemeza defying this court order and dismissal.

The Hawks will appear before Parliament next week in terms of their budget and annual performance plan.

At this stage the Court of Appeal will have to make a judgment on whether the North Gauteng court ruling stands. Only a court of law can make judgment on validity of appointment. Parliament can't do it.

Francois Beukman, chairperson of the Parliament's portfolio committee on police

In terms of the functional role of the head of the DPCI, there is an acting head currently appointed by the minister. It's important that there is clarity on that as well. But, as I have said, we will interrogate those matters.

Francois Beukman, chairperson of the Parliament's portfolio committee on police

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