Dramat suspension referred to Mbete

Parliament’s police portfolio committee has 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.

Yesterday, 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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