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Congress of the People is convinced that the heavy stick that the Minister of Police wielded and the very big bunch of carrots he hung out led Anwar Dramat to resign. Most disconcerting to us, however, is the alleged threat to Dramat’s family from unknown quarters. This was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

The grit and determination with which Dramat was hounded out of office suggests that he was onto something very big in respect of Zuma’s personal involvement in the over the top expenditure at Nkandla.

That docket on Nkandla that Dramat wanted to pursue, holds the key to his suspension and eventual exit.

Dramat, an honest public servant, merely wanted to do his work, considering that in terms of our constitution all are equal before the law. Clearly, this does not apply to the political elite in our country. It is Animal Farm all over again, with some who are more equal than others. What a shame that this government is continuously flushing out good people from office to achieve political ends.

Cope President, Mosiuoa Lekota, has asked the Minister of Police, in a written question submitted to parliament, to indicate the quantum of the golden handshake. It is such a monumental shame that government is wasting money in this way. Nkandla is costing us a heap more than the R240 million we are aware of.

A discredited person now leads the Hawks. No less than a judge described him as being dishonest and a person who lied under oath. As we have come to expect, the ANC will keep him. He is someone they can manipulate. The Minister of Police has pleased his master and his job is now safe.

What a burden on the already damaged image of our country.

Issued by Dennis Bloem on behalf of COPE, Dennis Bloem is COPE’s national spokesperson

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