Dramat tries to calm allies’ fears

2015-01-18 15:02

Suspended Hawks head Anwa Dramat is reaching out to his trusted lieutenants to assure them he will be back at work soon.

Two of his close confidants told City Press that Dramat was confident the North Gauteng High Court would overturn his suspension.

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) returns to court tomorrow in its bid to reverse Dramat’s suspension and the appointment of Major General Berning Ntlemeza as acting head.

It appeared on Thursday, but the matter was postponed.

One of Dramat’s allies said: “He told me to hang in there and all would be sorted out when the court makes its ruling.

“He gave me hope that the court was going to rule in our favour.”

The second Dramat ally told City Press after the postponement on Thursday: “He [Dramat] was confident that the suspension would be reversed and we would all be going back to fill our former positions.”

He said it was “sad” that the matter had been postponed, “but he assured me that the court would reverse all the changes that took place during his absence”.

Both sources told City Press that a number of people had been moved to new positions or sidelined and not given new roles since Dramat was suspended on December 23 last year.

They named a senior financial manager, an integrity manager and a communications boss among those who had allegedly been moved.

The sources also said Dramat’s driver and his personal assistant were among those who had been sidelined.

But the Hawks insist that “no one was moved from their positions” – although spokesperson Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi did say the future of Dramat’s assistant and driver would be decided “soon”.

Mulaudzi said Ntlemeza had been travelling between provinces to instil confidence in Hawks members and assure them that everything was under control.

One of Ntlemeza’s allies, who asked not to be named, said there were people who resented being pushed by the new management to work harder.

“It is common practice that when the new leadership comes in, they bring their own people who they trust and who support their vision.

“I don’t know why [Dramat’s allies] are making all these noises,” said the source.

Dramat told City Press this week: “I am not going to discuss these issues in the media.”

The suspended Hawks boss did not attend Thursday’s court proceedings.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, speaking through his lawyer, William Mokhari, on Thursday asked for a postponement because he had not been given enough time to respond to the HSF’s argument.

Mokhari said as there was “no suggestion” that Ntlemeza was “incapacitated”, a postponement should not be a problem.

“The Hawks are not crumbling,” Mokhari told Judge Bill Prinsloo.

David Unterhalter, appearing for the HSF, argued that “for each day the saga drags on, the public loses further confidence in the Hawks as an institution”.

Prinsloo eventually ruled that the matter would be postponed.

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