Ministry has until Friday to reinstate Dramat

FILE PICTURE: Head of the Hawks General Anwa Dramat at the SAPS Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on April 18, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa where each porfolio head presented their strategic plans and budget. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Danielle Karallis)

The Police Ministry has until the end of business on Friday, to abide by an enforcement order to have Hawks boss Anwa Dramat reinstated to his position, according to legal representatives of the Helen Suzman Foundation.

The North Gauteng High Court last month dismissed Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s leave to appeal during an earlier ruling that ordered the reinstatement of Dramat.

Dramat was suspended on December 23 last year, pending an inquiry into his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.

On January 23 this year, Judge Bill Prinsloo found that Dramat’s suspension was illegal and invalid. He also declared the appointment of acting Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza invalid.

The letter penned to Nhleko’s lawyers by the foundation’s legal representatives on Tuesday, read: “Our client (the foundation) notes with dismay that your client (Nhleko) has apparently, to date, failed to act in accordance with the February 6 order and has chosen simply to ignore the clear prescripts of that order by retaining Major-General Ntlemeza in the position of acting national head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), thus doing violence to the February 6 order, the rule of law and public confidence in the institution of the DPCI.

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“Under the circumstances, Luitenant-General Dramat remains the national head of the DPCI, and the decision to appoint Major-General Ntlemeza as acting national head is set aside and he must vacate office immediately.”

Meanwhile, earlier on Friday morning, the eNews channel reported that Dramat had resigned, but the police ministry denied the report.

“The report is not true and we don’t know what is he (Dramat) planning to do.

“This report eminated from a radio interview the minister had about a letter Mr Dramat sent to him on December 24, requesting a meeting with him, a day after his suspension, and among other things the letter contained the possibility of Dramat exiting the sector,” the ministry’s spokesman Musa Zondi told The Citizen.

Dramat’s lawyer, Sageer Pansari refused to comment on the matter, as per instruction from his client.

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