Hawks boss Dramat resigns

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has announced Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has resigned.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has announced in Parliament this afternoon that Hawks boss Anwa Dramat has resigned.

The suspended head of the Hawks was placed on leave earlier this year following an agreement reached with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.

Nhleko had previously asked Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee to initiate a process to remove him from his position, following allegations that he was involved in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.

This despite a High Court ruling that he should return to work and that the minister didn't have the power to suspend him.

Police Portfolio Committee member and Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament, Dianne Kohler Barnard, says Dramat has thrown in the towel.

"He said his family's lives had been threatened and he's been under intense pressure. The judge ruled his suspension was unlawful but they changed the locks so he couldn't go in."

Earlier this year, the police ministry confirmed the Hawks boss hadn't reported for duty, and was on leave by mutual agreement with 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.

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

However, the details of this arrangement had 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.