Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane of serious consequences if he fails to act against former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza.
The minister has accused Ntlemeza of unlawfully taking possession of a state vehicle when he tried to report for duty at the unit’s head offices on Monday, the car was later returned to the offices.
Mbalula reiterated that Ntlemeza is no longer head of the unit following a High Court order which found he is not fit for the post.
While Ntlemeza has returned the car he allegedly took unlawfully from the Hawks, Mbalula made it clear to Phahlane that his duty was to uphold the law.
"I have explained in no uncertain terms to General Phahlane the implications of him failing to act on General Ntlemeza, whether they're friends or not friends, the law must be enforced."
Ntlemeza’s lawyer Comfort Ngidi has relied on legislation which has suspended the enforcement of the court order which out his client out work.
He says if Mbalulu continues to interfere in Ntlemeza’s duties, they will approach the courts for relief.