Suzman Foundation upbeat about Ntlemeza court case

2016-04-06 18:45
Berning Ntlemeza (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Berning Ntlemeza (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Pretoria – The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) is hopeful that the judge will rule in its favour in the urgent court application to have the appointment of Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza set side.

"I’m reasonably comfortable that the judge will come to a conclusion that we are clear about," director of the foundation, Francis Antonie, said on Wednesday. The matter was heard in the High Court in Pretoria, where judgment was reserved on Wednesday.

The HSF, along with Freedom Under Law (FUL), brought an urgent court bid to have Ntlemeza removed from office, arguing that two previous courts had found him unfit to hold office. 

Speaking after the proceedings, Antonie questioned the arguments used by Ntlemeza and the police minister’s legal team, when they asked why the matter was only being brought before court more than six months after Ntlemeza took office on a permanent basis.

"I was a bit dismayed that the old problem about the time lapse. We have been in constant contact with the minister and his office since November 2 and this has been dragging on through no fault of the Helen Suzman Foundation," he said.

Antonie said they did not believe Ntlemeza was the right man to be in charge of the elite crime fighting unit, as his integrity was in question.

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