National Commissioner Never Asked General Dramat to Submit Any High-Profile Files [press release]

The South African Police Service has noted various media reports about the precautionary suspension of Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat, particularly allegations about the National Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, having asked General Dramat to submit files of a number of high-profile investigations.

General Phiyega and the suspended Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Dramat, never discussed the Hawks’ investigations into Nkandla, R60 million fraud case in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr John Block or the centralisation of certain files, which have been referred to as sensitive by the media.

At no point did General Phiyega request Lieutenant General Dramat to submit any files to her as alleged in the media. The office of the Minister of Police is handling circumstances surrounding the suspension of Lieutenant General Dramat and enquiries in this regard.

The person to be contacted for any clarity in this regard is Mr Musa Zondi, who is the spokesperson for the Minister of Police. The Hawks is not investigating the Nkandla matter. It is being investigated by the National Investigation Unit, under the stewardship of Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo.

The Acting National Head of the Hawks, Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, assures the public that all cases will continue to receive the necessary attention during his term of office.

Media enquiries: Capt Paul Ramaloko – 079 514 4476, 082 770 4902 or

Media Statement from National Media Centre

Source : South African Police Service