Hawks boss on 'precautionary suspension'

The move relates to allegations that Dramat helped facilitate the illegal renditions of Zimbabweans in 2010.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The police ministry has confirmed that Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has been placed on precautionary suspension.

Yesterday's move relates to allegations that he helped facilitate the illegal renditions of Zimbabweans in 2010.

More than a year ago, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) confirmed it was investigating Dramat along with Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya for their alleged involvement.

The ministry's Musa Zondi says Dramat has been suspended pending the finalisation of that investigation.

"This doesn't mean he's guilty, it's just so that the investigation can continue and prove his innocence."

Meanwhile, the Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko is meeting the management of the Hawks in Pretoria this morning after Dramat's precautionary suspension.

The police ministry's Musa Zondi says the move does not mean the Hawks boss is guilty.

"We hope when all this has settled he will be vindicated and the sooner that happens the better."

Dramat's suspension is expected to last around two months.

It's not yet clear who will take over in Dramat's absence.