Gauteng Hawks head's suspension notice withdrawn

2015-01-14 11:44
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Johannesburg - A letter of intention to suspend Gauteng Hawks head Major General Shadrack Sibiya has been withdrawn, the Labour Court in Johannesburg heard on Wednesday.

"We have been advised that [the Hawks] has withdrawn the notice placing the applicant on precautionary suspension," said Sibiya's lawyer, Naomi Manaka.

Sibiya's lawyers approached the court to get the reasons for his suspension.

Manaka said now that the notice had been withdrawn, the request became moot and she asked that the matter be struck from the court roll. Judge David Gush did so.

Protocol

The Hawks earlier confirmed the notice was withdrawn.

"Yes, it has been withdrawn. It was withdrawn yesterday [Tuesday] by [acting Hawks head] Gen Berning Ntlemeza," Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed by phone, ahead of the matter being heard in court.

"Unfortunately, I can't give the reasons why right now, as we still have the case at the Labour Court... It's just a formality at court. We are just following protocol and seeing the matter finalised."

The notice was served on Sibiya last Monday. He was given a week to provide reasons why he should not be suspended.

Other suspensions

The charge reportedly related to Sibiya's alleged involvement in facilitating the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans.

Senior Hawks official Colonel Leslie Maluleke was also reportedly served with a notice of suspension last week. On 23 December Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was suspended, also over his alleged involvement in the November 2010 renditions.

Outside court, Sibiya's lawyer Victor Nkhwashu said the Hawks would pay the costs of the application.

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