The saga involving suspended Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, placed on leave last December, continues. On Thursday, police minister Nkosinathi Nhleko asked Parliament to remove Dramat, claiming his involvement in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans warranted such a step – despite the fact that a police report may contradict this. Opposition parties aren’t buying Nhleko’s appeal to human rights. If you haven’t been keeping up, REBECCA DAVIS summarises the messy affair for you.
The Hawks: The Hawks – officially known as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – is a specialist crime-fighting body within the SAPS mandated to investigate organised crime, economic crime, corruption and other serious crime. It was established in 2009 to replace its predecessor, the Scorpions, a unit disbanded in a controversial manner later that was later ruled as unconstitutional.
Anwa Dramat: Dramat has been the head of the Hawks since its establishment. He was the former Western Cape deputy police commissioner, who made his name tackling Cape gang violence. A former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operative, Dramat was sentenced to 12 years on Robben Island, though he did not serve his full term after being granted indemnity. At the time of his appointment, erstwhile justice…
Source : Daily Maverick