Hawks boss took 'armed posse' to suspend Booysen

2015-09-15 16:40
(Matthew Middleton, News24)

(Matthew Middleton, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - Newly appointed Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza, girded by a posse of high ranking officers and armed tactical response team police, travelled to Durban to suspend KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

It is understood that he spent a large part of Tuesday afternoon briefing Hawks officers at the police headquarters.

This was after it was confirmed that Booysen had been suspended, the fourth attempt to remove him from office.

While Booysen's legal team confirmed it would urgently oppose the decision to remove him from office, political backlash to his ousting picked up steam.

The DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard said the career policeman had been suspended "without an iota of evidence" provided by Ntlemeza.

"I will again write to the portfolio committee on police asking that Parliament be briefed on the rationale of such a suspension and press the committee to place this at the top of the agenda at its next sitting.

"This latest move by the Hawks head and the police minister is manifestly irrational and must now be probed. In fact, Mr Ntlemeza shouldn't be in the position to suspend anyone at the Hawks given his very appointment is, in itself, born from the same manifest irrationality," she said.

Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said serious questions needed to be posed to the police minister.

"It is disconcerting that the first item on Ntlemeza's agenda, after being appointed as head of the Hawks, was to suspend Johan Booysen. Is this a further step to protect President Jacob Zuma?" he asked.

"If this suspension is once again challenged in court and the judge finds Ntlemeza to have used spurious grounds for this suspension, it will be egg on the face for [Police] Minister Nathi Nhleko,” he said.

Read more on:    hawks  |  johan booysen  |  berning ntlemeza

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.