Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko will have to explain the circumstances of the unlawful suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat to Parliament’s police portfolio committee, says the DA.
“The minister is coming before the [parliamentary] police portfolio committee. He is coming on Thursday morning, at 9am,” DA spokesperson on police Dianne Kohler Barnard told reporters at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
“He will now have to answer for what he did. He bulldozed his way through, shifting personnel and shunting people left right and centre. Frankly, I don’t think he had the right to do that,” she said.
High Court Judge Bill Prinsloo ruled that Nhleko’s decision to suspend Dramat was invalid, and set it aside.
“The order which I make is the following: it is declared that the decision of the minister of police to suspend Lt-Gen Anwa Dramat, the national head of the DPCI [Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation] is unlawful and invalid,” ruled Prinsloo.
“It is declared that the decision of the minister, appointing Maj-Gen Berning Ntlemeza as acting national head of the DPCI is unlawful and invalid. That decision is set aside,” he said.
Kohler Barnard said she hoped several other decisions by Nhleko would also be reversed.
“I hope the minister has learnt his lesson,” she said.
The DA expected that Dramat would be back at work today.
“There were blustering comments made by representatives of the police, saying even if the court rules [in Dramat’s favour] that doesn’t mean he can go back to work. That is utter rot.
“The ruling is that someone in his position is unlawful. He must go back to work immediately. In fact, I expect him back in his office this afternoon,” said Kohler Barnard.