The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on police Minister Fikile Mbalula to exercise his power and that of the South African Police Service (Saps) Act, to deal with former Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza.
Acting in line with the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling, Mbalula fired Ntlemeza last week. The court fond Ntlemeza to have acted in “bad faith, dishonestly and without integrity” during his tenure as Hawks head.
Yet, Ntlemeza has since appealed that decision.
The DA states that should Ntlemeza’s appeal to overrule his dismissal hold in court, Mbalula still holds the power to suspend the former head.
“Mbalula can provisionally suspend Ntlemeza pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office”, expressed the DA through a newsletter.
However, a defiant Ntlemeza subsequently presented himself for duty on Monday and entered the Hawks offices despite his position having been given temporarily to Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata for the past 2 weeks.
A small group of DA supporters has been picketing outside the Hawks offices where Ntlemeza allegedly slipped in through a back entrance.
The DA does not believe that Minister Mbalula has done enough to avoid this leadership crisis within the Hawks for escalating further.
The ministry has yet to release a statement.