The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the immediate dismissal of Hawks Boss Berning Ntlemeza for dragging the credibility and reputation of the elite unit through the mire.
DA said on Wednesday that the party has already written to Police Minister Nhleko to request for Ntlemeza’s provisional suspension.
The party’s call for the elite crime unit’s boss to be fired got underway on Tuesday after court papers filed by National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams stirred up another hornet’s nest; revealing series of word wars between him and Ntlemeza.
In the said court paper, Ntlemeza accused Abrahams of acquitting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in bad faith and based on the public outcry made by politicians, civil society lobby groups and the media.
“…It is our considered view that your decision is not made in good faith on evidence that we gathered as an investigative agency in this matter,” Ntlemeza wrote in an e-mail to Abrahams days before Gordhan’s case was dropped.
Abrahams on the other hand, slammed the Hawks head for failing to stick to his duty- which is to investigate priority crime and to hand over the investigation to the NPA for the decision on whether or not to prosecute.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay were acquitted by the NDPP after the public resisted and rallied behind them over fraud charges against them.
The minister was controversially charged with fraud for endorsing the early retirement of Pillay and then rehiring him as a consultant.
Weighing on the matter, DA MP Zakhele Mbhele asserted that the letter is another damning shocker that suggests South African prosecuting agencies has turned to a house of cards.
“It has become clear that both the NPA and the Hawks have been politically compromised and the letter is yet another reason why Berning Ntlemeza should be removed so that the Hawks can claw back their credibility,” Mbhele insisted.