Dramat can return to work, court rules

2015-02-06 11:01

The North Gauteng High Court has dismissed Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s leave to appeal an earlier ruling that ordered the reinstatement of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat.

Delivering the judgement today, Judge Bill Prinsloo also granted an enforcement order to have Dramat reinstated to his old post pending any future appeal.

“The leave to appeal is dismissed... it is ordered the main order of January 23 shall operate and be executed in full,” he said.

Prinsloo also ordered Nhleko to pay the costs for the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF).

HSF approached the High Court on an urgent basis in January, seeking to have the Dramat suspension declared unlawful and invalid.

Dramat was suspended on December 23, pending an inquiry into his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.

Judge Prinsloo found on January 23 that Dramat’s suspension was illegal and invalid. He also overturned the appointment of acting Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza and declared it invalid.

Nhleko wasted no time in challenging the ruling, saying he believed another court may reach a different conclusion.

HSF director Francis Antonie said the foundation felt vindicated by the ruling.

“This is a big victory for the constitution and the rule of law. We are delighted as the foundation,” he said.

Antonie said Dramat can now return to work.

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