Parliament committee backtracks on Ntlemeza meeting

Cape Town – Parliament’s police committee on Tuesday backtracked on its intention to discuss the implementation of recent court rulings against Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza. 

"We want to allow these appeal processes to unfold first and, depending on the outcome, see how we deal with the matter. Our meeting would have touched on some of the merits of the case, therefore compromising the appeal processes," police portfolio committee chairperson Francois Beukman said.

On March 17, the Pretoria High Court set aside Ntlemeza’s appointment and declared his appointment unlawful and invalid. It followed an application by the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law. They asked the court to refer the appointment back to a selection panel for a new candidate to be chosen.

In March 2015, Pretoria 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.

Ntlemeza and former police minister Nathi Nhleko indicated that they would appeal against the latest ruling.

The committee had intended applying for a special meeting to discuss the matter on Friday.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
15.75
+0.6%
Rand - Pound
19.82
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
16.84
-0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.19
+0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.9%
Gold
1,853.27
+0.4%
Silver
21.78
+0.1%
Palladium
2,002.00
+1.6%
Platinum
958.00
-0.1%
Brent Crude
112.55
+0.5%
Top 40
61,788
+1.3%
All Share
68,367
+1.2%
Resource 10
74,616
+2.8%
Industrial 25
73,018
+0.1%
Financial 15
15,916
+1.1%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE