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Dramat's resignation sparks questions over Hawks leadership

Anwa Dramat resigned after being placed on leave earlier this year.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - While Anwa Dramat's resignation from the Hawks was not unexpected, it's reignited questions over the leadership of this crucial crime fighting organisation.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega told Parliament's police portfolio committee yesterday that Dramat had resigned after being placed on leave earlier this year.

Dramat and Gauteng Hawks Head Shadrack Sibiya were implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010, but were cleared by an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigation, a finding police management has disputed.

Just four months ago, Dramat told Police Minister Nathi Nhleko in a letter that his request for sensitive case dockets involving influential people to be centralised had created resent towards him, and that no matter what he did, a decision has been made to remove him from his post.

His resignation has now paved the way for Nhleko to attempt to appoint an officer a court has described as lacking integrity and that he lied under oath.

Despite this, Phiyega has reaffirmed her support and trust in Mthandazo Ntlemeza, who in his acting capacity as head of the Hawks is continuing his efforts to have the Gauteng heads of the unit removed.

While Dramat has slipped away quietly, Sibiya seems unlikely to give up the fight to retain his position.