Nhleko leaves Hawks scandal in NPA's hands

Nhleko says the NPA should to decide whether Dramat should be charged for the rendition of Zimbabweans.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says it's up to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to decide whether former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and others should be charged for the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans.

Nhleko today briefed Parliament's Police Committee on an investigation by Werksmans Attorneys into two Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) reports, one of which implicated Dramat in wrongdoing; the other did not.

The private law firm has found material evidence was excluded from the second report, effectively exonerating the Hawks boss.

Members of Parliament challenged the minister over his decision to let Dramat leave with a golden handshake instead of being arrested to face charges relating to the alleged illegal rendition.

The Democratic Alliance's Dianne Kohler Barnard said, "Why didn't you arrest him then take him to court?"

Nhleko would not say whether he supported Werksmans Attorneys' recommendations that Dramat and others face charges of kidnapping, fraud, forgery and defeating the ends of justice and that it's up to the NPA to now decide.

"The question of who gets prosecuted is never within the competence of the ministry of police."

The disciplinary hearing of Ipid Head Robert McBride, accused of covering up for Dramat, is set to begin next Thursday.