SACP pleased with court decision on Berning Ntlemeza
The High Court in Pretoria said its earlier order that Ntlemeza is not fit and proper for the position should be implemented immediately, even though he is still to appeal that ruling.
JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it’s pleased that Berning Ntlemeza is no longer head of the Hawks because it was completely bizarre that he was appointed in the first place.
On Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria said its earlier order that he is not fit and proper for the position should be implemented immediately, even though he is still to appeal that ruling.
Two years ago, a judge found he was a liar and a man without integrity before he was appointed head of the Hawks.
The SACP’s Alex Mashilo says they have been complaining about Ntlemeza for a long time.
“The manner in which he carried himself and conducted the affairs of the Hawks as the head left much to be desired. He should have been removed long time ago.”
While the Helen Suzman Foundation’s Chelsea Ramsen says they are pleased their application to have him removed immediately was successful.
“He never should have been appointed, so we’re pleased with the decision.”
New Police Minister Fikile Mbalula will give his first response to this ruling later on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, the chair of Parliament’s Police Committee François Beukman says Mbalula must appoint a new head of the Hawks as quickly as possible.
Beukman says the Police Ministry needs to act.
“It’s vital that the person must have the confidence of the public and also the confidence of the members of the judiciary.
“Remember, we must ensure that NDP implementation plan is executed and that means professional police.”
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)