Nhleko summoned by Police Portfolio Committee

A court found that the Police Minister's decision to suspend Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was unlawful.

FILE: A court found that the Police Minister's decision to suspend Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was unlawful. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko could come in for a grilling by Parliamentarians this week over his decision to suspend Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, a move which has been found to be unlawful.

On Friday, the high court in Pretoria ruled the suspension was invalid and set it aside.

Nhleko took action against Dramat last month for his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.

Nheko has been summoned to appear before Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on Thursday.

Committee member Dianne Kohler Barnard says Nhleko knew he did not have the authority to suspend Dramat, but did so anyway.

"We as the committee must decide if he is fit for office."

Opposition politicians believe Dramat was side lined because he had cast his eye on a politically sensitive case.

The judge also ruled that Nhleko's decision to appoint Major-General Berning Ntlemeza as acting national Hawks head was unlawful and invalid.

The Helen Suzman Foundation approached the high court, asking it to set aside Nhleko's decision to suspend Dramat and Ntlemeza's subsequent appointment.

DRAMAT STILL'SUSPENDED'

The Police Ministry says Dramat cannot return to work this week because of the application Nhleko filed to appeal the court's decision.

The Police Ministry's spokesperson Musa Zondi says because the papers have been filed, Dramat is still suspended.

"Consequently because of the appeal the status quo remains, which means General Dramat remains suspended."