Anwa Dramat has not reported for duty

The Hawks boss is on leave by mutual agreement with Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Anwa Dramat

PRETORIA - The Police Ministry has now confirmed that Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has not reported for duty, and is on leave by mutual agreement with Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

The High Court in Pretoria last week upheld an earlier order declaring Dramat's suspension unlawful and invalid, clearing the way for his return to work.

Nhleko suspended the general in December for his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of prisoners to Zimbabwe in 2010.

The Police Ministry says the Hawks boss has agreed to go on leave as per a discussion with the minister.

However, the details of this arrangement have not been revealed.

Dramat's attorney Sageer Pansari declined to comment on his client's status, saying that a statement would be made through the minister in due course.

The department says after studying last week's court order, it has ruled out petitioning the Supreme Court of Appeal at this stage.

Judge Bill Prinsloo ruled that Dramat may return to work irrespective of any appeal against his ruling.