Disgraced ex-Hawks boss's daughter to be prosecuted
Alleged cellphone intimidation campaign comes back to haunt her
A daughter of disgraced former Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is to be prosecuted for intimidation and crimen injuria – two years after she was first charged.
Documents, which have been seen by Times Select, show the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) took a decision on Monday to prosecute Anele Ntlemeza.
The letter, signed by Advocate S Mzinyathi, who is the acting deputy national director for public prosecutions, states: “Kindly be advised that the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Pretoria has decided to prosecute Anele Ntlemeza in the Magistrate's Court on charges of crimen injuria and intimidation.”
The charges are part of a five-year battle in which ex-Limpopo police officer Captain Boitumelo Ramahlaha has attempted to have the former Hawks head answer to corruption and defeating the ends of justice charges.
Both these charges relate to Ntlemeza allegedly attempting to quash a criminal investigation into the boyfriend of his other daughter, Amanda Ntlemeza, in 2013.Approached for comment, Anele Ntlemeza hung up her cellphone. She failed to return SMSs from Times Select seeking her comment. Attempts to reach Berning Ntlemeza for comment also failed.
The lawyer who acted for Berning Ntlemeza in the past, Comfort Ngidi, said he had no knowledge of any of the accusations against both father and daughter Anele, but added that he no longer had contact with Ntlemeza.
Ramahlaha, through his lawyer, Yolandi Hewetson, on Tuesday told Times Select that for the past five years he has been hounded by the Ntlemeza family, all for trying to do his job.His alleged intimidation, says Hewetson, began in 2013, when he arrested a Captain Thomas Rallele – the boyfriend of Ntlemeza's daughter, Amanda Ntlemeza.
She said Rallele was arrested by Ramahlaha, who was the then commander of the Limpopo provincial tracking team, which is used to hunt down dangerous and wanted suspects.
“Rallele, who was stationed at Polokwane police station, was arrested for housebreakings and robberies and for selling stolen property.“
Hewetson said Ramahlaha had brought the involvement of Rallele to Berning Ntlemeza's attention, but he dismissed it and attempted to have the investigation stopped.
“Rallele was eventually dismissed from the police after he was found guilty in court of law,” said Hewetson.She said that was when the harassment of Ramahlaha began, with him being charged with a murder that he was later acquitted of and being transferred from his post.
“When Ntlemeza was named as the Hawks head in 2015 by the then Police minister Nathi Nhleko, my client informed him that Ntlemeza had tried to quash his investigation into Rallele, but nothing came of it.
“Ramahlaha then went to the Helen Suzman Foundation with the information on how Ntlemeza allegedly attempted quash his investigation and defeat the ends of justice. It's in part what led to the foundation being successful in its court battles in having Ntlemeza forced out of office in 2016.”
She said it was shortly after Ntlemeza was forced to resign that Ntlemeza's other daughter, Anele Ntlemeza, began sending voice messages, SMSs and WhatsApp messages in which she allegedly threaten to have Ramahlaha killed.
Hewetson said it seemed that Anele Ntlemeza blamed Ramahlaha for the downfall of her father.
“Despite opening a criminal case against [Anele] Ntlemeza in 2016 nothing came of it. It was simply ignored.”
She said that after the initial prosecutor declined to prosecute they then approached the NPA directly.
Asked why it had taken two years to have Anele Ntlemeza prosecuted, Hewetson said it was still unclear.
“We are just pleased that a decision has been made and look forward to this matter being ventilated in court.”She declined to comment in detail on the type of threats against Ramahlaha, saying the matter was sub judice.
“What I can say is that Ramahlaha is continuing to endure threats against his life, including threats allegedly coming from Anele. For five years he has been purged, all for trying to do his job in fighting corruption.”
Asked when the matter would go to court, she said it was up to the NPA to decide, “but we hope its soon”.
She said Ramahlaha had recently written to Police Minister Bheki Cele raising issues of his continual victimisation from Ntlemeza's allies, who were still within the police, for trying to get Ntlemeza to answer to charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice.
NPA Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Louw said they could not comment “at this stage as there are still processes which need to unfold, including informing the accused of the decision.
“We have an obligation to first inform the person who is accused before this becomes public.”