The High Court in Pretoria has questioned whether the process of appointing Maj-Gen Berning Ntlemeza as Hawks head was not a sham because the selection panel had not seen a judgment that could have affected its decision. On Wednesday High Court Judge Selby Baqwa posed the question as the court heard the second day of arguments in lobby groups’ application to have Ntlemeza’s 2015 appointment as the head of the Hawks, by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, reviewed. Their application stemmed from comments made by the court’s Judge Elias Matojane, last year, that Ntlemeza was biased, dishonest, and lacked integrity and honour. Matojane made the statement in dismissing Ntlemeza’s application for leave to appeal the court’s ruling overturning the suspension of Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya. Sibiya and Hawks commander Anwa Dramat were suspended after they were implicated in the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean nationals in 2010. Sibiya was fired for his alleged role in the renditions last y...

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