Ntlemeza ‘didn’t read affidavit’ submitted to SCA - report

2016-03-30 10:19
Berning Ntlemeza (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Berning Ntlemeza (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – The saga between the national head of the police’s top crime-fighting unit and its KwaZulu-Natal boss has taken yet another turn.

The Hawks’ top officer Major General Berning Ntlemeza has been accused of trying to mislead the Supreme Court of Appeal in a statement surrounding the matter against KZN Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday that Ntlemeza stated in an affidavit that Booysen “was party to the process to appoint Ntlemeza’s successor” and Booysen was also interviewed for the role.

But Booysen showed in a supplementary affidavit that this was untrue, the broadcaster stated.

The Hawks applied to the SCA after the High Court in Durban dismissed its application for leave to appeal the decision to lift the suspension of Booysen, News24 reported in January.

It is in this application that Ntlemeza’s incorrect statement is contained.  

Ntlemeza admitted to the error but said it was an honest mistake made after his staff gave him an incorrect draft affidavit and he had failed to read it.

Booysen scoffed at this explanation, telling EWN that, as head of the Hawks, Ntlemeza should be aware of the importance of deposing an affidavit.

Another legal matter Ntlemeza is facing over the Booysen ruling is a court bid to review his fitness to hold office.

Bid to boot Ntlemeza

Civil society organisations, the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law, announced the court bid two weeks ago.

"General Ntlemeza was appointed by President Zuma to the highest office within the Hawks, the country’s leading corruption and crime fighting unit, notwithstanding previously damning judicial findings impugning his integrity, honesty and fitness," the parties said.

Days after the court bid was announced, a robbery occurred at the HSF’s offices in Johannesburg.

The group held up an unarmed security guard at the entrance to the premises in Parktown on Sunday afternoon and made directly for the HSF.

"After forcing the guard to open the gate, the invaders drove their vehicle into the basement of the building, where they knew there was a lift to the second floor,” said Antonie.

“Other businesses in the building were left alone. Nothing else of value besides the computers was taken."

The Hawks has also found itself involved in a spat with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Fin24 reported. The unit is investigating allegations of a “rogue unit” at the SA Revenue Service while Gordhan was in charge of it.

Read more on:    helen suzman foundation  |  freedom under law  |  hawks  |  johan booysen  |  berning ntlemeza  |  judiciary

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