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HSF heads to court over Dramat suspension

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The High Court in Pretoria is expected on Thursday to hear representations seeking an order for the suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat to be declared invalid.

The Helen Suzman Foundation was expected to make representations and said it believed that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko acted unlawfully when he suspended Dramat.

It filed an application on Friday, requesting that the court review and set aside Nhleko’s action, who suspended Dramat and appointed an acting head Maj-Gen Berning Ntlemeza in his place.

On December 23, Dramat was suspended, apparently pending a probe into his alleged involvement in facilitating the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in November 2010.

However, the HSF argued that the wording of the SA Police Service Act of 1995, as well as a recent Constitutional Court Judgment, rendered the suspension invalid.

The HSF had previously sent a letter to the police minister requesting various pieces of information surrounding Dramat’s suspension.

However, no reply was ever received, said the Foundation. SAPA

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