Parly to summon Nhleko following Ntlemeza ruling

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that Nathi Nhleko failed in several of his duties when he appointed Berning Ntlemeza in 2015.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The parliamentary portfolio committee says Police Minister Nathi Nhleko will be summoned to a special committee meeting to explain what steps will be taken following Friday’s scathing judgment which has set aside his decision to appoint Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that Nhleko failed in several of his duties when he made the appointment in 2015.

That same year, the court found Ntlemeza made false statements under oath and lacked both honour and integrity.

Police portfolio chair Francois Beukman says Minister Nhleko will be called to explain what remedial steps will be taken to deal with this ruling, as well as plans to address deficiencies in the appointment process.

Beekman says it’s critical that this matter be dealt with as a priority because they cannot allow a vacuum in the leadership of the Hawks.

The court found Nhleko had failed in several of his duties as a minister and re-affirmed the adverse findings against Ntlemeza’s integrity.

While Nhleko’s office says the minister is studying the judgment, the ANC says it notes and respects the court’s finding.

The Helen Suzman Foundation says it’s been vindicated.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)