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All the President’s Men

Yet another downright dodgy, unethical and unlawful appointment uncovered. This time it’s the weird and wonderful appointment of Hawks boss, Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, by the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko.



A year ago, Minister Nhleko, made the unexpected announcement, in his typical, oh by the way style, during a press briefing. A rather out of the blue declaration given that Ntlemeza’s name had been totally absent from the candidate list. That’s to say nothing of the fact that parliament had not yet been informed, or that this hasty decision had been made just nine months after the suspension of Hawks boss, Anwa Dramat.



The Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom Under Law have actually challenged the appointment in the North Gauteng High Court. Why? Because the Minister has shamelessly flouted the law. Firstly, by contravening the SAPS Act in failing to notify Parliament timeously of Ntlemeza’s appointment. Secondly, by simply not bothering to subject Ntlemeza to the required competency assessment.



Let’s examine the evidence. Ntlemeza has a few friends in high places., one of them being former head of Crime Intelligence, Richard Mdluli, who is a friend of the freshly suspended Deputy Head of NPA, Nomgcobo Jiba, who is a friend of President Jacob Zuma. Have you joined the dots yet?



In fact, Ntlemeza was even asked by Mdluli to keep track of the investigation into the 1999 murder of Oupa Ramogibe, who had married Mdluli’s ex-girlfriend. Not long after, Ntlemeza exonerated Mdluli. This Mdluli is the same untouchable that former NPA prosecutor, Glynnis Breytenbach had been investigating prior to her illegal suspension.



But all in all Ntlemeza biggest project to date has been to find a way to get rid of Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.



Then there’s the usual vulgar and wasteful expenditure of tax payer’s money. Not long after his appointment the latest Hawks boss started making some requests. These requests included a whopping R1.5 million salary increase for doing absolutely nothing much yet. He also mentioned needing a helicopter, or maybe even a jet?



There’s a lesson her for the private sector. Whatever the state does, don’t do that. The man’s competency was never assessed! Would you as a member of the board of a listed entity appoint someone to run your organisation without knowing whether or not they are competent? Well, of course not. But then again, that’s because this appointment probably has nothing to do with Ntlemeza’s competency and everything to do with another dubious political agenda.


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