South Africa 21.4.2017 05:01 am

Ntlemeza’s ‘arrogance’ won’t help him win his job back – Popcru

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 14: Former Hawks boss; Berning Ntlemeza visits the family where four members were shot and killed at the Lawley informal settlements on August 14, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A family of four was brutally murdered on Saturday, August 14, after an alleged gang entered their house in Lawley. The owner of the house was also shot but survived. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Antonio Muchave)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 14: Former Hawks boss; Berning Ntlemeza visits the family where four members were shot and killed at the Lawley informal settlements on August 14, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. A family of four was brutally murdered on Saturday, August 14, after an alleged gang entered their house in Lawley. The owner of the house was also shot but survived. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Antonio Muchave)

The union also said the Hawks should be more concerned with policing than politics.

Police union Popcru has warned axed Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza that his “arrogance would not win him his job back”.

The ex-top cop remains adamant he is still technically head of the elite unit, despite a high court ruling that he be removed immediately from his post.

New police minister Fikile Mbalula recently warned Ntlemeza to toe the line or face the consequences after the axed Hawks head’s lawyer, Comfort Ngidi, indicated that he would report for duty next week.

Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo told The Citizen on Thursday the elite crime-fighting unit should be more concerned with policing than politics.

“Nltemeza’s arrogance will not assist him, because the courts have already taken a decision and the minister is not going to appeal that decision,” he said.

“The minister has appointed an acting head and we are confident that she will continue the work because we don’t want to see a Hawks that is working on political issues instead of policing criminal activities.”

But Ntlemeza insists the law is on his side, with his lawyer telling reporters that according to the South African Police Act 68 of 1995, Section 17DA, only parliament can remove him.

“We don’t have to ask for permission. General Ntlemeza is still in office,” said Ngidi.

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