Request to fire Dramat to be dealt with in Parly

Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee on Police will discuss the matter on Friday.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on Police will on Friday discuss Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's request to have Hawks boss Anwa Dramat fired.

Opposition parties have already said they will oppose the move.

The police minister earlier asked the committee to initiate a process to remove Dramat from his position.

Nhleko defended his decision to suspend Dramat over his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of four Zimbabweans in 2010.

The minister maintained he acted within his powers and the law when he took action last month.

The Freedom Front Plus and the Democratic Alliance (DA) said they couldn't be asked to act against the Hawks boss without knowing the exact details of his alleged offence.

Opposition politicians said Dramat was sidelined because he had cast his eye on a politically sensitive case.

The Helen Suzman Foundation previously challenged Dramat's suspension in court and won.

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

Nhleko will appeal the court ruling.

Explaining his reasons for taking action against Dramat, Nhleko told MPs that certain key witnesses who filed sworn statements in the renditions case, died under questionable circumstances.