Acting Hawks boss's decisions 'null and void'

In his ruling, Judge Bill Prinsloo said Dramat's suspension was invalid and a nullity from the outset.

FILE: The suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was overturned earlier today. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It now appears the decisions taken by the former acting head of the Hawks Mthandazo Ntlemeza including his suspension of Gauteng hawks head Shadrack Sibiya are null and void.

The High Court in Pretoria today ruled that the suspension of National Hawks Head Anwa Dramat was invalid and that he was in fact never suspended.

The Helen Suzman Foundation had brought the application arguing that a recent Constitutional Court ruling meant Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko no longer had the power to suspend Dramat.

In his ruling, Judge Bill Prinsloo says the suspension of Dramat was invalid and a nullity from the outset.

As a result, legally speaking, the appointment of Ntlemeza never took place.

This also means that his decision to suspend Sibiya and to appoint an interim Gauteng Hawks head are also null and void.

But the Police Ministry's Musa Zondi says Nhleko had to act.

"It's better to act and maybe act on the wrong side of the law as the judge has found, than not to have acted at all."

Nhleko said he had to suspend the Hawks boss because of claims he had facilitated the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean nationals in 2010.