Why is the Police Minister meeting with suspended Hawks boss Dramat?

The big question on Monday was 'why is the Minister going to meet with General Dramat?'

Photo: Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko. EWN.

The meeting scheduled to take place earlier today was going to take place despite the case that the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has launched challenging the Police Minister's suspension of Hawks head, Anwa Dramat.

Dramat was suspended for his alleged role in the illegal renditions of four Zimbabwean nationals in 2010, he has argued that the move is politically motivated.

Speaking about the meeting that had been scheduled between the Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko and Dramat, Spokesperson to the Police Minister, Musa Zondi, stated that "anything is possible, the Minister has an open mind as to what the meeting could be about".

Zondi explained that the meeting has been postponed because Dramat's lawyer could not secure a flight from Cape Town at such short notice.

When asked by Xolani whether it was appropriate that the Minister was meeting with Dramat despite the court process that is still ongoing, Zondi responded:

The court process is not Dramat's court process, Dramat is not the one who instituted it - it's Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) who are separate. So if you then say 'HSF wants to meet the minister', that's a different story. HSF started this court process, Dramat is not party to that - you can't then conflate the two.

Spokesperson to the Police Minister, Musa Zondi

What impact will a meeting between the Police Minister and suspended Hawks head have on the pending court processes?

Xolani Gwala speculates in the audio above, following his conversation with Zondi.

Share your thoughts with him on twitter on @gwalax.


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