Nhleko warned not to ignore Dramat ruling

The High Court in Pretoria ordered that Hawks boss Anwa Dramat be allowed to take up his post.

The High Court in Pretoria ordered that Hawks boss Anwa Dramat be allowed to take up his post.

PRETORIA - The Helen Suzman Foundation has warned that if Police Minister, Nkosanathi Nhleko, ignores a court ruling allowing Hawks boss Anwa Dramat to return to work, it could create a Constitutional crisis.

The High Court in Pretoria yesterday ordered that Dramat be allowed to take up his post, after being suspended for nearly two months.

He was placed on precautionary suspension late last year, pending an investigation into whether he played a role in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.

The foundation brought the initial application two weeks ago and successfully argued that Nhleko did not have the legal authority to suspend the Hawks boss.

Judge Bill Prisnloo made it clear that Dramat must be allowed to return to work, irrespective of any appeal against his ruling.

Helen Suzman Foundation's, Francis Antonie, says ignoring this would have serious consequences.

"It could have some sort of Constitutional crisis if the courts rule in a particular way and the minister chooses to act in another way."

The police ministry says it will comment once it has studied the judgment.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance says it will initiate steps to have Nhleko fired, for disregarding the law and due process.