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Newsflash: Former Hawks boss, Mthandazo Ntlemeza's daug...

South Africa


Former Hawks boss, Mthandazo Ntlemeza’s daughter to be charged with crimen injuria and intimidation after death threats

The National Prosecuting Authority has decided to prosecute former Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza’s daughter, Anele Ntlemeza, a cluster co-ordinator at SAPS Crime Intelligence in Polokwane, with crimen injuria and intimidation after she threatened to kill a colleague who had opened a case against her father. Ntlemeza Jr also threatened forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan. It isn’t pretty, we warn you.

The NPA will go ahead with the prosecution of Anele Ntlemeza after she made a threatening phone call to colleague Captain Boitumelo Ramahlaha, soon after her father had lost an application in the High Court in Pretoria in 2016 in which he had hoped to indict then Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, from removing him as head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation.

Ntlemeza Jr also threatened forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan after Ramahlaha, who was suspended after he lodged the charges, had asked for his help in dealing with the threats.

After O’Sullivan had called Ntlemeza about the matter she messaged him with, “Hahaha. Like I give a fuck. Oops maybe you need one. U look like u could use some. Let’s see who goes to jail first, u or me.”

She added:

U think u the only one who cam dish out threats u foolish kwerekwere. Now tell your client that he must harass my family again, he wil never see light of day.” (sic)

Ntlemeza Jr also described O’Sullivan as “an an old hag” who would be deported from South Africa and that she hoped he would be “executed” when he arrived back in his “home country”.

Acting Deputy Director of the NPA and Head of the National Prosecution Service, Advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, has decided that Ntlemeza would be prosecuted in the Magistrate’s Court on charges of crimen injuria and intimidation.

Ramahlaha had opened cases against Mthandazo Ntlemeza on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice after he [Ramahlaha] claimed that a docket relating to alleged corruption by another officer, Thomas Rallele, “went missing”.

Rallele, who was dating Ntlemeza’s other daughter, Amanda, at the time, was later discharged from SAPS after being caught with a cellphone taken during an armed robbery and for defrauding the police by falsifying vehicle logs. Ramahlaha was suspended a few months after the dockets were opened.

In 2016 Anele Ntlemeza called Ramahlaha and threatened him after alleging that he had been harassing her sister. The call, which was recorded, began with Anele telling Ramahlaha she knew where he lived.

The conversation went down like this:

Anele: “Stop messing around with my family or I will come after you with everything I’ve got. I will go as far as killing you.”

Ramahlaha: “Are you willing to kill me for Ntlemeza?”

Anele: “You think you are clever? You psychotic motherfucker. You need a psychiatric evaluation. If I ever hear you contact or insult my sister, you are dead. I will kill you. Call her now and it will be your last day.”

She challenges Ramahlaha to meet her in Pretoria and asks him why he was not calling her father, to which Ramahlaha responded that he was unable to call the Hawks head as then Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, had confiscated his phone.

Anele: “Who is the minister to us? You are his fool. You are his informant… Do you think we give a fuck about him?”

Soon after reports of Anele Ntlemeza’s threats, DPCI spokesman, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, came out to bat for his boss, describing a news item on the matter in The Star as a self-negating joke. It reads like an imitation. It also gives voice to dull but inflammatory accusations that are made about their so-called trusted informer.”

Mulaudzi added that the newspaper was protecting a “so-called trusted informer” and that “the beauty of this tactic is that the accusations can’t be challenged. The official accusers are being hidden by the journalists so nobody can confront them or hold them accountable when their malicious accusations turn out to be false.”

Mulaudzi also publicly attacked Ramahlaha, saying “his squeaky-clean image is continuously built on mischievous lies and he and his masters’ ugly smear campaigns will be revealed soon. Why is the country not been (sic) told the truth about his illegal escapades with a bogus police who operated from Seshego and Polokwane police stations as well his alleged involvement in a murder of a Nigerian man in Polokwane just to name a few?”

Yes indeed.

The Hawks spokesman continued that The Star had been “merely recycling the same evidence-free smears that have been used by other media houses, Mail and Guardian to be precise. But what is surprising, and outrageous, is journalists continue to be so plagued by some combination of absurdity and gullibility, so that no matter how many times this trick is revealed, they keep falling for it.”

He concluded by aligning himself “with Adolf Hitler when he said if you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed. The journalist’s agenda is evident, make the lie big, keep saying it, and eventually they country will believe it.”

Ja well, no fine. DM


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