Dramat can go back to work

2015-01-23 12:38

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The North Gauteng High court has ruled that the suspension of Hawks boss General Anwa Dramat is “unlawful and invalid”.

In a terse judgment delivered this morning North Gauteng High Court Judge Bill Prinsloo also set aside Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s appointment of Major General Berning Ntlemeza as the Hawks’ acting national head.

Judge Prinsloo ordered Nhleko to pay the Helen Suzman Foundation’s costs. The foundation filed the urgent application seeking Dramat’s reinstatement and the reversal of Ntlemeza’s appointment.

The foundation’s head, Francis Antonie, said Nhleko’s suspension was a pure violation of the law and that the foundation felt vindicated by the rulling.

“We are pleased that the rule of law has been restored and we hope the minister will act accordingly and respect the ruling,” Antonie said.

Musa Zondi, spokesperson for the police ministry, said Nhleko would study the judgment.

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