Ntlemeza appointment could be set aside - DA

2016-09-21 18:09
Major-General Berning Ntlemeza. (Netwerk24)

Major-General Berning Ntlemeza. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza's appointment could be set aside, the Democratic Alliance believes, if Parliament does not condone Minister Nathi Nhleko's actions.

Nhleko on Wednesday admitted culpability in his department's failure to notify Parliament of Ntlemeza's appointment a year ago. 

It was an oversight, he told Parliament's police committee on Wednesday, due to lack of capacity in the office at the time.

On Tuesday Speaker Baleka Mbete tabled a letter from Nhleko informing Parliament of the appointment, a full year after he was appointed.

A letter was received on September 14, 2016, informing Parliament of Ntlemeza's appointment as head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation with effect from September 10, 2015, and asking for Parliament's condonation of the late notification.

"Nhleko's request for Parliament to condone his failure to do so is an admission that the process was procedurally flawed. If Parliament fails to condone his actions, this could serve as grounds for Ntlemeza's appointment to be set aside," DA MP Zakhele Mbhele said in a statement. 

They would be writing to the minister to seek clarity on what further action he would be taking following the "violation of the law".

"Minister Nhleko should do the right thing and now resign for this major blunder."

On Wednesday Nhleko told Parliament's police committee that he took full responsibility for the error.  

It was an oversight, he told Parliament's police committee on Wednesday, due to lack of capacity in the office at the time.

"I do take responsibility for not reporting to Parliament within 14 days. It was an oversight on my part," Nhleko said.

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