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The appointment of one of South Africa’s top police chiefs was unlawful and his position should be revoked, a high court in the capital Pretoria has ruled.
Berning Ntlemeza was chosen in 2015 to lead the elite police unit known as The Hawks, which deals with serious corruption and organised crime, despite a previous court ruling before his confirmation describing him as “dishonest, lacking in integrity and dishonourable”.
The ruling comes on the same day that the government of President Jacob Zuma was heavily criticised by the Constitutional Court, as it ruled on a scandal over a contract for social security payments for millions of South Africans.
The Hawks were not immediately available to comment on whether Mr Ntlemeza would be sacked or if he would appeal the decision.
The elite unit has been criticised in the past for carrying out politically motivated investigations.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has accused the Hawks of trying to intimidate him when they brought fraud charges, later dropped, against him in 2016.Source: BBC