JOHANNESBURG - Embattled Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has made his first public appearance since a damning court ruling against his appointment this week.
He's attended a sermon at Incredible Happenings Ministry in Katlehong on Sunday.
The sermon was delivered by controversial preacher Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro.
The North Gauteng High Court on Friday found that Ntlemeza's appointment as Hawks boss was unlawful and is therefore invalid.
Pastor Mboro prayed for Ntlemeza to win his legal battles.
“We pray God for all the issues of the courts, that he’s attending, the appeals he’s going through, God cover him, God let you favour be upon him, let your grace be upon him,” said the self-proclaimed prophet
The fiery Ntlemeza said he is committed to justice and a corruption-free country and also defended his visit to the church.
"I know that some people have been speculating about our visit. They have utilised the figment of their imagination and told lies which they themselves believe about ourselves. But we are unshaken," said the embattled hawks head.
Ntlemeza kept on reminding congregants, he was speaking as a preacher, not as the Hawks boss.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m blowing my own horn. But as Pastor Mboro said, the Hawks will continue fighting crime. I want to repeat, the Hawks will go on to do their work , to deal with the mandate given to them. Let’s support them as loving people of this country unless we are also criminals,” Ntlemeza said.