Parly refers Dramat request to speaker

2015-01-30 10:49
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Cape Town - Parliament's police portfolio committee on Friday opted to refer Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's request for it to start proceedings to remove suspended Hawks head Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat from office to the Speaker of Parliament for a decision on whether it could deal with the matter.

"We as Parliament must act in terms of the Constitution and the law -- it is not clear [in terms of a Constitutional Court ruling last year] if this committee is the right one to decide on this matter," committee chairperson Francois Beukman told MPS.

On Thursday, in a letter to Beukman, Nhleko called on the committee to take steps, in terms of legislation, to remove Dramat as head of the Directorate Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).

Beukman said a request for guidance would be sent to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

"I recommend we take note of [Nhleko's] letter, but seek guidance from the Speaker of Parliament to determine if indeed we are the committee [to decide on this matter]. I don't think we should start a process where there is not clarity."

All parties represented in the committee concurred.

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