SACP: Ntlemeza is using Hawks to fight political agendas

An SACP leader has apparently overheard the Hawks head say he now has mandate to target communists.

FILE: Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza. Picture: Screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza has himself admitted that he's using the agency to fight political agendas and that this is what is happening with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The party says Gordhan is being targeted and isolated, after he said that the Sunday Times' claims he could soon be arrested were distressing for him and his family.

Gordhan has appeared to take decisions that contradict the wishes of President Jacob Zuma.

The SACP says one of its own leaders overheard Ntlemeza telling another person that he now had a mandate to target communists.

The party's second Deputy General-Secretary Solly Mapaila says this is exactly what is happening to Gordhan.

Ntlemeza was appointed to the position after a judge had found that he had lied under oath and a was a man with no honour.