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Application to interdict Ntlemeza dismissed

The application is based on a court ruling that found Ntlemeza lacked integrity and lied under oath.

YouTube screengrab of head of the Hawks Major General Berning Ntlemeza.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed an application to interdict Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza from exercising his authority but it's found the Helen Suzman Foundation does have a case to review his appointment.

The foundation launched an application two weeks ago, firstly to interdict the Hawks boss, and then to review Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's decision to appoint him.

The application is based on a court ruling that found Ntlemeza lacked integrity and lied under oath.

Judge Neil Tuchten found that the application lacked urgency, because the foundation failed to prove that Ntlemeza's continued presence in office would cause irreparable harm.

He says the high point of the foundation's argument, which relied on judgments in matters involving Hawks officials Shadrack Sibiya and Johan Booysen, was that Ntlemeza takes unjustified disciplinary action against senior police officials.

Tuchten says there is no indication that such conduct will persist, adding that he would not have judged the Hawks head as severely as Judge Elias Matojane did in the Sibiya matter.

The judge did however find that the foundation demonstrated strong prospects of success on the merits of the review application because Nhleko brushed aside the court's findings as irrelevant or inconsequential.