Anwa Dramat to hear his fate

2015-01-23 06:56

The North Gauteng High Court is expected to announce its judgment on the suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat today.

On Monday, Judge Bill Prinsloo said he understood the urgency of the matter.

On December 23, Dramat was suspended, pending a probe into his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of four Zimbabweans in November 2010.

The Helen Suzman Foundation had challenged Dramat’s suspension.

On Monday, the foundation told the court that it believed Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko acted unlawfully when he suspended Dramat.

“It is simply a case of unlawful conduct by the minister and we ask that the court intervenes,” David Unterhalter SC, for the foundation, said.

He said the timing of Nhleko’s actions was suspicious.

“It is rather extraordinary that he is said to be deeply worried but he waited for months after being appointed [police minister]. That is inexplicable,” said Unterhalter.

He said the law stipulated that the head of the crime combating unit could only be suspended following a parliamentary process.

“According to the South African Police Service Act, the minister does not have that power,” said Unterhalter.

“The minister has no option but to follow the parliamentary processes and in this case he has not done so.”

The foundation wants the court to set aside Nhleko’s decision to suspend Dramat and appoint an acting head Major General Benny Ntlemeza in his place.

Nhleko’s spokesperson, Musa Zondi, told reporters at the time that the minister was prepared to iron out salient issues with Dramat.

“There is no witch-hunt. Once you take that out, anything is possible. The minister has an open mind,” Zondi said.

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