Pretoria – DA shadow minister of police Zakhele Mbhele said Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza sneaking in the back to gain entry to the Hawk offices, indicated a lack of accountability and shame on his part.
"If he was man enough he would have faced the media and walked in with his head up high. But instead he sneaked in the back which further cements his devious ways," he said.
Pretoria News has learned that Ntlemeza has in fact reported for duty at the Hawks headquarters
Mbhele, said the party would urge Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to suspend Ntlemeza if he appealed.
“This suspension is imperative if Ntlemeza goes ahead and lodges an appeal against the High Court order that determined the setting aside of his appointment with immediate effect,” Mbhele said.
“Having been previously found by the North Gauteng High Court to have acted in bad faith, that he was dishonest and acted without integrity, the DA has long held that Ntlemeza is not beyond reproach and cannot be given the huge responsibility to lead our country’s crime-fighting
Mbalula’s decision follows a High Court order which found he is not fit and proper to hold the post.
Media has been waiting for Ntlemeza since 7am with a small group of DA supporters who embarked on a picket.