The executive mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba blames the national head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza for blocking his moves towards achieving a corruption-free Johannesburg.
Fighting corruption hindering the growth and development of South Africa’s economic hurb, Johannesburg, has been one of the main stance, of HJerman Mashaba, but the brew between the mayor and the hawk head seems to be slowing down all effort
Herman Mashaba said he has been informed by reliable sources that Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza had ordered that all cases the city opened should not be pursued and should instead be taken to him.
According to the mayor, Ntlemeza ordered his department officials not to further investigate all corruption charges the city of Johannesburg has filed.
The mayor further noted his concern in the situation saying such decision by the hawks boss is unacceptable.
“I am very concerned about this. I don’t run the city in my name only. I run it on behalf of the residents. I find this unacceptable” he said, pointing out that the city had opened many cases with the Hawks, where it appeared no investigation had taken place.
“This confirms to me there is a problem. There are cases open since last year and nothing has happened.”
The report by mayor Herman Mashaba has further brought Berning Ntlemeza to limelight once again after court rulings weeks back that his appointment be set aside as he was unfit to hold office.
The court ruled on March 17 that a 2015 judgment against the embattled Hawks head was correct and that he was dishonest and lacked integrity.
The Hawks called Mashaba’s allegations “pure nonsense”.
“The Hawks has never had any engagement with Mr Mashaba and we do not know where he got such allegations,” said spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda.
“If the mayor has agents within the DPCI [Hawks] or elsewhere who are feeding him with wrong information pertaining to the Hawks, the mayor is hereby warned to focus on his responsibilities and leave serious investigations in the capable hands of the Hawks.” Netshiunda said, adding that South Africa was happy with the stance that the Hawks had taken against corruption in municipalities across the country.
Speaking further, Netshiunda said Mashaba had no right to dictate to the Hawks and that instead of being nosy on the affairs that concern only the Hawks department, the mayor should direct his energy on rooting out corruption in his municipality by reporting such to the Hawks.
“Nobody, not even Mr Herman Mashaba has the right to dictate to the Hawks how to do their work,” Netshiunda said.
He also asked why the corruption cases in the Johannesburg municipality needed the special attention of the national head. But, in his reply, Herman Mashaba said Ntlemeza had not actually answered the question if he had issued an instruction to stop the investigation of all City of Johannesburg cases.
“I don’t have to disclose my sources. Has he issued the instruction or not?” he asked adding that he was not scared to institute private prosecutions and was in discussions with his legal team on whether or not to open a case against Berning Ntlemeza for defeating the ends of justice.