Hawks boss named in rendition drama

2013-10-13 12:11
Anwa Dramat was announced head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation - the new crime-fighting unit that will replace the Scorpions (Verashni Pillay, News24)

Anwa Dramat was announced head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation - the new crime-fighting unit that will replace the Scorpions (Verashni Pillay, News24)

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Johannesburg - Damning evidence has come to light over Hawks boss Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat’s involvement in a rendition scandal that alleges he facilitated the illegal deportation of men who were tortured and killed in Zimbabwe.

According to the Sunday Times, Dramat, one of SA’s top cops, has been accused by numerous rendition survivors of being directly involved in the apprehension and deportation of Zimbabwe’s most-wanted criminals.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to be presented with the report and evidence this week, which could lead to an arrest warrant being issued for Dramat. However, the newspaper reported that Dramat has agreed to present himself for interrogation to investigators from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Tuesday.

Rendition is the illegal kidnapping and transfer of a prisoner from one country to another.

 Hawks deny rendition claim

In October 2011 the Hawks denied sending "suspects" back to Zimbabwe to die.

"At no point did any of our members render people to Zimbabwe," Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said at the time.

He was referring to a Sunday Times article which reported that South Africa was conducting renditions.

According to the newspaper, intelligence reports listed the deaths of at least three "suspects" as a result of renditions.

McIntosh also denied that the newspaper's claim that it had been in contact with Hawks' boss Anwa Dramat.

"He [Dramat] never spoke to the Sunday Times. I was the one who sent a response to the Sunday Times. Anwa Dramat, as you know, doesn't speak to the media," he said.

In the article, the newspaper reported that Dramat claimed three people identified by the Sunday Times as having been "renditioned" were in fact properly deported.

McIntosh said the Hawks did not follow up on what happened to illegal immigrants after deportation.

"If they do not have papers, we then hand them over to immigration authorities at Beit Bridge. We don't have a mandate to be checking up on everybody that is deported," he said.

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