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'Dramat must reapply for his job'

The Police Ministry says a new act forces it to go through new processes.

Anwar Dramat. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands that Anwar Dramat, head of anti-crime unit the Hawks, has to decide whether to reapply for the job he currently holds.

The Police Ministry says a new act governing the organisation forces it to advertise the position and go through a new process of appointing a head.

Advertisements for the post appeared in weekend newspapers calling for applications for a seven to 10-year contract.

But the ministry's Zweli Mnisi says there is nothing out-of-the-ordinary about what's happening and the appointment must become constitutional.

"Any person who wishes to apply for the position can do so including the current head."

The news comes as Gauteng waits to hear who will replace outgoing Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros, who's departure has been surrounded by confusion.

It's not immediately clear when Petros will officially leave office or who will replace him, but it's believed National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega is seeking a replacement.