Dramat goes on leave, may retire early

2015-02-10 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat was not in the office despite Friday’s high court ruling that he may immediately go back to work.

On Sunday Dramat suddenly asked for a week’s leave, which means he will not resume his duties as the head of the Hawks this week.

In fact, the chances are good that Dramat will never resume his post at the Hawks headquarters in Pretoria. Sister paper Beeld has learnt confidentially that Dramat took leave to meet with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to negotiate an early ­retirement package.

Speculation is that Dramat could receive a golden handshake of at least R20 million.

His legal representative Sageer Pansari did not want to say anything on the reasons for Dramat’s leave ­yesterday.

Nhleko’s spokesperson Musa Zondi for has however confirmed ­Dramat and the minister will meet this week to negotiate.

If Dramat resigns as head of the Hawks it will be a big step back for the Helen Suzman Foundation, which has been trying to have Dramat’s suspension declared unconstitutional in court so that he can return to work.

A source said Dramat does not want to work with Nhleko as their ­relationship has broken down ­irreparably.

He said it was important for ­Dramat that the Hawks do not tear apart because of this problem.

“He is doing it for the good of the organisation,” said the source.

Dramat had written to Nhleko on December 24 that he believed he was being targeted because he is ­investigating influential people.

While he did not want to send a message that members who are being targeted should walk away from investigations, he was willing to ­resign if the minister lifted his ­suspension.

He wrote it was time for him to carefully consider his options to take an informed decision whether to ­remain in his position with his hands tied behind his back.

Dramat also implied his life was in danger. He said he is a family man and did not want to do anything that will cause his children to suffer.

He wrote the negotiations had to be conducted urgently to prevent any instability in the Hawks.

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