HSF disappointed that Dramat not on duty

The police ministry confirmed that Dramat is on leave by mutual agreement.

FILE: The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) says it's unfortunate that national Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has not decided to report for duty. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) says it's unfortunate that national Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has not decided to report for duty.

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.

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

The Police Ministry confirmed yesterday that Dramat is on leave by mutual agreement with Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

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

The foundation then successfully challenged the move, paving the way for him to return to work.

The HSF's Francis Antonie says the foundation wasn't fighting for Dramat, but rather the independence of his office.

"Our whole case has always been about the principle and not about the man."

Dramat's attorney says he has been instructed not to talk about his client's status.

The police ministry says after studying last week's court order, it has ruled out petitioning the Supreme Court of Appeal.