Limpopo top cop to lead Hawks

2014-12-24 14:50

Major-General Berning Ntlemeza will be acting head of the Hawks following the suspension of Anwa Dramat, the police ministry confirmed today.

Ntlemeza was provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo.

The Helen Suzman Foundation said today that the suspension of Dramat was “troubling”.

“The suspensions, on the eve of Christmas, of the director of the Hawks and of his KwaZulu-Natal counterpart are troubling in so far as they destabilise the administration of justice, more particularly, the fight against corruption,” foundation director Francis Antonie said.

“In this festive season of goodwill it is with grave concern that the Helen Suzman Foundation notes the developments which have taken place among senior personnel of the South African Police Service,” he said.

“These steps, at this time of the year, relating to events in the distant past are curious and troubling.”

He said the foundation awaited further communication from the minister of police and the commissioner of police.

The Star reported that Dramat was suspended pending a probe into his alleged involvement in facilitating the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in November 2010.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko took the decision to suspend Dramat on yesterday.

He had been placed on a precautionary suspension for 60 days. After that period the ministry would decide whether he would be charged.

He had been informed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate last year that it was investigating criminal charges against him relating to the allegations.

It was reported that numerous rendition survivors had accused Dramat of being involved in the apprehension and deportation of Zimbabwe’s most wanted criminals.

Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the allegations were investigated and the report was handed over its report to the National Prosecuting Authority earlier this year. It was still waiting for the NPA’s findings.

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