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Judges condemn Nhleko for appointing Ntlemeza

The High Court in Pretoria further affirmed Judge Elias Matojane's finding in 2015, that Berning Ntlemeza was dishonest and lacked integrity.

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

JOHANNESBURG – A full bench of judges has found Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's decision to appoint Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks is a prime example of a minister simply ignoring and brushing aside remarks in a court.

The High Court in Pretoria handed down a unanimous judgment which ordered Ntlemeza's appointment be reviewed and set aside.
The court further affirmed Judge Elias Matojane's finding in 2015, that he was dishonest and lacked integrity.

The full bench found that Matojane’s 2015 judgments are replete with findings of dishonesty and mala fides against Ntlemeza.

It stressed these were judicial pronouncements and therefore constitute direct evidence that the embattled Hawks head lacks the requisite honesty, integrity and conscientiousness to occupy any public office, let alone head of the Hawks.

The court found that until Matojane’s rulings are successfully appealed, the findings stand.

The court also found that Nhleko was aware of Matojane’s remarks, however, he took the view that they could be ignored in the exercise of his powers.

It says the minister simply brushed aside a considered opinion of a superior court, which he was not permitted to do.