Berning Ntlemeza's bid to return to work as Hawks head doused
Ntlemeza approached the court on Wednesday to put a stop to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula preventing him from reporting for duty.
JOHANNESBURG - Lieutenant-general Berning Ntlemeza will not be returning to work anytime soon after his application to interdict Police Minister Fikile Mbalula failed.
The High Court in Pretoria struck the matter from the roll on Thursday morning, on the grounds that it lacked urgency.
Ntlemeza, who maintains that he is still head of the Hawks, had asked the court to prevent the minister from stopping him from reporting for duty.
The lieutenant-general’s appeal against an earlier order which set aside his appointment as head of the unit will be heard in the Supreme Court next month.
Judge Sheila Mphahlele says Ntlemeza failed to prove that he would suffer irreparable harm, which is a key component of proving that a matter is urgent.
"The applicant stated that he will suffer humiliation, loss of reputation and be deprived of the opportunity to work. However, he has failed to establish that such harm will be irreparable. In my view, the interests of justice in this matter, far outweigh any harm that may be suffered by the applicant."
Mphahlele also dismissed claims that Ntlemeza is being prejudiced.
"The applicant is currently earning his full salary and further he is currently not performing any functions attached to his employment and he has failed to show that he will suffer any serious prejudice by not having a work phone or car provided by his employer."
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