The heat might just be stretching the erstwhile security boss. Former Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza’s lawyer has advised him to comply with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s instruction to return any state property in his possession.

“I’ve called my client, I’ve instructed him to co-operate. If the minister feels he has to return some properties, he must do so,” Comfort Ngidi told News24 on Monday.

Ntlemeza reported for work on Monday, in defiance of a court order that set aside his appointment, and then signed out a car which he was “roaming around Pretoria” in, Mbalula told reporters in Pretoria.

He said he would ask acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane to issue a warrant of arrest for Ntlemeza if he failed to return the work cellphone and car to Hawks headquarters.

“The law is being disregarded. Ntlemeza is not entitled to report for duty or exercise any powers or duties until the SCA (Supreme Court of Appeal) reverses the full court order.

“By law I have to regard Ntlemeza’s appointment as invalid. He is not entitled to report for duty,” Mbalula said.