Court to decide if Anwa Dramat can return to work

2015-01-30 12:20

The North Gauteng High Court will next week make a ruling on whether suspended Hawks head General Anwa Dramat should return to work pending an appeal.

The Helen Suzman Foundation filed an urgent application seeking an enforcement order compelling Minister Nathi Nhleko to allow Dramat to return to work pending the finalisation of the appeal process.

The foundation’s lawyer Vlad Movshovish argued in court this morning that Dramat should be allowed to work to restore public trust in the crime fighting unit.

“General Dramat should be allowed to return to work. We believe his suspension will continue to damage further credibility of this important organisation,” he said.

Movshovish argued that further delays caused by the appeal would continue to serve the interest of the decision which was found to be unlawful.

Nhleko’s lawyer William Mokhari opposed the application, saying the matter was already on appeal and that they believed that a different court would reach a different finding.

“The applicant in this matter has no legal standing to seek that General Dramat return to work. If Dramat wanted to return to work he could have approached the court himself. In fact he does not want to return to work,” he said.

Presiding Judge Bill Prinsloo postponed the matter to Monday when he is expected to deliver his ruling on the application as well as the application for leave to appeal.

The leave to appeal was filed by Nhleko last week shortly after the court ordered that Dramat be reinstated.

Nhleko yesterday asked the portfolio committee on police to remove Dramat from his post.

Nhleko cited the Zimbabwean renditions allegations against Dramat and two members of his unit as reasons for his request.

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