Hawks boss Ntlemeza’s appointment is invalid – court

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as head of Hawks is invalid.

Ntlemeza was appointed head of Hawks in December 2014 by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation brought the application to court.

The Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law had brought an application for Ntlemeza’s appointment to be declared irrational and unlawful and set aside‚ asking the court to refer the appointment back to a selection panel for a new candidate to be chosen.

In March 2015 High Court Judge Elias Matojane ruled that Ntlemeza “lacks integrity and honour” and had made false statements under oath.

He was acting Hawks head at the time.

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