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Nathi Nhleko expected to file application to appeal court ruling over Ntlemeza

The Police Ministry’s Sandile Ngidi says the minister will again advance this argument in the appeal.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko is today expected to file an application to appeal the High Court ruling which set aside his appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks.

The High Court in Pretoria unanimously found the minister failed to take into account adverse findings against Ntlemeza when he made the decision.

An earlier ruling by judge Elias Matojane had found Ntlemeza lacked integrity and is dishonest, and attempted to mislead the court by making false statements under oath.

In its unanimous judgement, the full bench of the High Court clarified Matojane’s remarks about Ntlemeza were not mere comments as argued by Nhleko, but judicial pronouncements.

The Police Ministry’s Sandile Ngidi says the minister will again advance this argument in the appeal.

“The remarks made my Judge Matojane which were used as one of the grounds which the integrity of General Ntlemeza is being doubted was, not in fact, a matter in which he has a right to defend himself. We believe that those were remarks judge and they do not in themselves constitute a fine.”

Lobby groups Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation indicated on Friday they would oppose any attempt to appeal the ruling.

NOT GIVING UP

Ntlemeza is adamant that he will push ahead with his fight against crime, despite a judgment by the High Court in Pretoria that his appointment was unlawful and he must be removed from office.

On Sunday, Ntlemeza told the Incredible Happenings church in Katlehong that he is not giving up.

“Churches in South Africa are praying for the police and they must keep it up and Pastor Mbhoro is praying for the police as well.”

Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro, told his congregation that Ntlemeza deserves to hold a position in high office.

Ntlemeza responded by saying he would continue to fight crime.

“The Hawks will go on to do their work, to deal with the mandate given to them.”

Congregants prayed that Ntlemeza would be successful in his appeal.