Acting Hawks head: Ignore what you read about me

Berning Ntlemeza says as the Hawks head, he is acting independently as required by law.

Berning Ntlemeza is the acting Hawks head. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has used a serious corruption conference as a platform to defend himself against critics, telling delegates to ignore what they read about him in the media.

Ntlemeza recently replaced Anwa Dramat, who along with Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya is accused of the 2010 illegal rendition of several Zimbabwean suspects.

Dramat is currently on administrative leave, while Sibiya is fighting his suspension in the courts.

Ntlemeza has been accused of interfering in the investigation into former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, as well as the probe into the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

The acting Hawks boss' ambiguous attack appears to be aimed at critics who've accused him of acquiring dockets into sensitive investigations, which are allegations that he denies.

"Why when I read a docket, everything will be in tatters in this country. This is my right. I'm the custodian of docket."

He also asserted his authority within the Hawks.

"I have got a right in that office to read any docket. And I don't ask permission from any person. Dockets are my responsibility; I'm in charge in that place."

Ntlemeza says as the Hawks head, he is acting independently as required by law.