Nhleko rubbishes claims he favoured Ntlemeza for Hawks head post

It's reported that Nathi Nhleko allegedly ignored a shortlist of five highly qualified officers and appointed Berning Ntlemeza.

FILE: Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has rubbished newspaper reports regarding the appointment of Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza.

Nhleko says the matter went before a court of law last year and those processes are continuing.

The _City Press _reported that Nhleko allegedly ignored a shortlist of five highly qualified officers and appointed Ntlemeza.

The _City Press _says while Ntlemeza did not make it to the first shortlist of five potential officials to take over from Anwa Dramat in 2013, he ended up filling the post two years later anyway.

The police minister has condemned the report.

“It would be incorrect whilst we’re waiting for a court judgment on the issue, we’re now beginning to retry the matter in a sense and of course there is no media house that is a proper platform to hear legal matters.”

Civil rights groups Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation are currently challenging Ntlemeza’s position in the high court on the grounds that he is unfit to hold office.