Minister: Dramat is innocent until proven guilty

A private law firm found that Anwa Dramat and other top officials must by criminally charged.

FILE: Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko: Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Tuesday said while a report recommending that former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and other top officials be criminally charged, it is not a judgment and they're innocent until proven guilty.

Nhleko commissioned Werksmans Attorneys to compare two Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) reports on the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean nationals in 2010 and 2011.

The first implicated Dramat, the second did not.

Suspended Ipid chief Robert McBride is accused of covering up for Dramat.

Nhleko briefed Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on the private law firm's findings on Tuesday.

The attorneys found material evidence was deleted from the second Ipid report but couldn't say who did this.

They have recommended Dramat face charges, including kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

Nhleko said this is for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to decide.

"That decision isn't for the minister of police to make that decision is for the NPA to make."

Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Dianne Kohler-Barnard questioned why Dramat wasn't arrested earlier.

"You had him right there and you just gave him a fortune and said go away."

Nhleko dismissed suggestions Dramat was drummed out for wanting to probe the spending scandal over President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla home.

McBride's disciplinary hearing begins on 21 May.