Hawks appeal Sibiya ruling

2015-02-23 19:41
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Pretoria - Acting national Hawks head Maj-Gen Berning Ntlemeza has filed papers to appeal the court ruling that overturned the suspension of Gauteng Hawks boss Maj-Gen Shadrack Sibiya.

"By this time the papers have been filed," spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said around 15.30 on Monday.

The appeal was filed in the High Court in Pretoria.

On Friday last week Judge Elias Matojane ruled that Sibiya's suspension was unconstitutional, invalid, and unlawful.

Matojane also declared invalid the appointment of Maj-Gen Elias Dlamini to replace Sibiya as acting Gauteng head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks).

Ntlemeza suspended Sibiya pending an investigation into his alleged role in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans to that country's police in 2010.

Sibiya claimed in an affidavit that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate had exonerated him from any involvement in the rendition, and that he did not know why he was suspended.

Last month, another High Court in Pretoria judge ruled that Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's decision to suspend Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was invalid and unlawful. Earlier this month, the high court dismissed Nhleko's application for leave to appeal the overturning of Dramat's suspension.

Dramat was suspended on 23 December, pending a probe into his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of four Zimbabweans in November 2010.

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