Hawks boss investigated for perjury

The investigation is in relation to alleged untruths found in his affidavit filed at the SCA.

YouTube screengrab of head of the Hawks Berning Ntlemeza.

PRETORIA - Police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said it's now investigating Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza for perjury in relation to alleged untruths in his affidavit filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

Eyewitness News revealed yesterday that Ntlemeza has been accused of attempting to mislead the court, but he has described the error as a bona fide mistake.

The Hawks boss is petitioning the SCA to appeal a decision in the Durban High Court to set aside the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

Ipid's Robbie Raburabu has confirmed that Booysen has lodged a complaint against Ntlemeza, adding that the case will be investigated as required.

Booysen accuses Ntlemeza of attempting to mislead the court by stating as fact that Booysen was party the process and was interviewed for the position as a new KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head.

Ntlemeza explained in an affidavit that he had signed an incorrect draft of the statement without reading it.

Booysen said this explanation makes a mockery of the legislation because this would become a convenient excuse for anyone lying under oath in written statements.