South African Police commissioner General Riah Phiyega has sent discharge papers to embattled Hawks boss Anwa Dramat (46), offering him a R 3 million severance payment as of March 31 and R 60 000 a month thereafter until he turns 60.
According to a source close to the process, Phiyega made the offer on behalf of Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.
Another source said there were still negotiations over outstanding issues including medical aid.
Nhleko’s spokesperson declined to comment, saying it was “a confidential matter between an employer and an employee”.
Dramat also declined to comment and would only say that he was still a South African Police Service (SAPS) employee.
Section 35 of the SAPS Act provides that Phiyega may discharge a police member “in the interest of the service” – though it is not clear whether such a move can be applied to Dramat, given the recent Constitutional Court ruling limiting the way in which the head of the directorate for priority crime investigation head – the Hawks – can be removed.
Dramat has been in limbo since December 2014 when Nhleko purported to “suspend” him over allegations that he was involved in the illegal deportation of Zimbabwean criminal suspects in 2010.
It is not clear how the attempt to cut a deal with Dramat aligns with Nhleko’s claims he has serious criminal allegations to answer.
Dramat has denied being involved in or authorising the illegal renditions.
In a letter to the minister, Dramat blamed the move against him on his attempts to investigate high-profile people.
He later told his lawyers he believed the trigger was his bid to have the Hawks take over the investigation of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla security upgrade.
The Pretoria high court ruled the suspension illegal and void but Dramat has remained on leave pending the resolution of his future.
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