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Court orders Berning Ntlemeza to step down immediately

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JOHANNESBURG – The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Berning Ntlemeza must step down from the position of head of the Hawks immediately.

The court has said that an earlier ruling that he is not fit and proper for the position must be implemented now, while his appeal against that decision is heard.

Judge Elias Matojane ruled in 2015 that Ntlemeza was dishonest, lacked integrity and honour because he tried to mislead the court.

This while earlier on Wednesday, newly appointed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that his department would not pursue an appeal on the court judgment in the case brought by the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law to have Ntlemeza sacked.

Mbalula has not stated the motivation for this decision, with his spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga saying the minister plans to reveal his reasons in a press briefing scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Mhaga said: “The minister took the decision after he consulted with the lawyers, and the reasons will be given in the press briefing tomorrow after he has met top management in the Hawks. After that he will explain everything to the nation.”

Additional reporting by Gia Nicolaides

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