23 Jan 2015 05:30am
JUDGEMENT TO BE HEARD IN DRAMAT CASE The High Court in Pretoria is expected on Friday to announce its judgment on the suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. On Monday, Judge Bill Prinsloo said he understood the urgency of the matter. On December 23, Dramat was suspended, apparently pending a probe into his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of four Zimbabweans in November 2010. The Helen Suzman Foundation had challenged Dramat's suspension. On Monday, the HSF told the court that it believed Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko acted unlawfully when he suspended Dramat. "It is simply a case of unlawful conduct by the minister and we ask that the court intervenes," David Unterhalter SC, for the HSF said. He said the timing of Nhleko's actions was suspicious. "It is rather extraordinary that he is said to be deeply worried but he waited for months after being appointed [police minister]. That is inexplicable," said Unterhalter. He said the law stipulated that the head of the crime combating unit could only be suspended following a parliamentary process. "According to the SA Police Service Act, the minister does not have that power," said Unterhalter. "The minister has no option but to follow the parliamentary processes and in this case he has not done so." HSF wants the court to set aside Nhleko's decision to suspend Dramat and appoint an acting head Maj-Gen Ntlemeza in his place. Nhleko's spokesman Musa Zondi told reporters at the time that the minister was prepared to iron out salient issues with Dramat. "There is no witch-hunt. Once you take that out, anything is possible. The minister has an open mind," Zondi said. Sapa /kd/lp