Ntlemeza ousted irrespective of any appeal process, court rules

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.

Read: Ousted Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says he should be allowed to report for duty

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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Ousted Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says he should be allowed to report for duty

Ousted Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says he should be allowed to report for duty

Ntlemeza says he should be able to get back to work because the court order which fired him has technically been suspended.

Ntlemeza tells court he can't be dismissed as Hawks boss

Ntlemeza tells court he can't be dismissed as Hawks boss

Berning Ntlemeza has argued that his dismissal as the Hawks head cannot be effective pending the appeal to the Supreme Court.

Former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza asks the court to get Mbalula off his back

Former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza asks the court to get Mbalula off his back

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

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Ntlemeza seeks restraining order against Mbalula

Berning Ntlemeza wants Police Minister Fikile Mbalula stopped from interfering in his duties as the head of the Hawks.

"Ntlemeza is damaging Hawk's public credibility and trust"

"Ntlemeza is damaging Hawk's public credibility and trust"

ISS's Gareth Newham analyses the effect of Berning Ntlemeza's refusal to accept the High Court order to vacate office immediately.

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Ntlemeza is still head of the Hawks according to his lawyer

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Ntlemeza to return state vehicle, but warns Mbalula to stop interfering

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