The SA police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that the national Hawks boss Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza is now under investigation for a case of perjury.
This is in relation to alleged false information embedded in his affidavit filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
Acting spokesman for IPID Robbie Raburabu confirmed on Wednesday that there is an ongoing investigation on a complaint of perjury brought to them by suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Maj-Gen Johan Booysen against the national Hawks boss. The case will be investigated as the directorate deems fit.
“The complaint was received from Major General Booysen against Lieutenant General Ntlemeza relating to the litigation case against General Ntlemeza by General Booysen. IPID had received this case on 24 March 2016 and it will be investigated as required.”
The story was revealed yesterday that Ntlemeza has been accused of attempting to mislead the court with falsified information. However, he has described the error as one done with a genuine mind.
The Hawks boss is petitioning the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to appeal a decision in the Durban High Court to set aside the suspension of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen and reinstate him.
Booysen was suspended by Ntlemeza under the claims that Booysen and the men in charge of the investigation of a police officer’s assassination, fraudulently collecting a monetary reward for shooting dead six innocent men through some false case numbers supplied by Booysen in a bid to obtain the award.
According to his explanation, Ntlemeza wrote in an affidavit he presented that he had signed an incorrect draft of the statement without actually going through it.
Booysen on the other hand said this explanation is unacceptable and could easily form an excuse for anyone to lie under oath in written statements. He said this makes a joke out of the legislation as a whole.
The appointment of Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks has been controversial and this will not be the first time that he has been accused of making false statements under oath.