Ntlemeza interdict hearing postponed to Friday
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s office confirmed that the interdict hearing against the minister that was brought by Major-General Berning Ntlemeza has been postponed.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s office confirmed that the interdict hearing against the minister that was brought by Major-General Berning Ntlemeza has been postponed. The hearing was initially scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, but the reasons for the postponement have not yet been made available. The Major-General, who is the former head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (also known as the Hawks), brought the interdict against the police minister as he believes the police minister is preventing him from performing his duties. In March, a court found that former police minister Nathi Nhleko had ignored two court rulings that found Ntlemeza lacked the honesty integrity and conscientiousness needed to hold office. The court thus ordered that he be removed from his position. Ntlemeza has since appealed both rulings, and has stated that as long as the appeal is in progress, his removal as head is invalid and he can return to work as usual. Mbalula however made it clear at a briefing in April that the court order would be upheld, as would his removal. “Let me be clear to Ntlemeza – wherever he is – we are running a country, not a ‘banana republic’. At least, when I am still here and Minister of Police I will not allow this nonsense,” the minister said. Ntlemeza thus applied for an interdict against Mbalula, asking that Mbalula not be allowed to prevent him from performing his duties as head of the Hawks. The interdict hearing will therefore take place on Friday, May 12.