Axed Gauteng Hawks head to lead Joburg anti-corruption unit

2016-11-09 16:18
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Johannesburg - Former Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya was named as the head of Johannesburg’s new anti-corruption unit on Wednesday.

Mayor Herman Mashaba told reporters in Braamfontein that Sibiya had the integrity, experience and courage to perform the role and restore hope to residents.

"When I took office, I declared corruption public enemy number one," he said.

Mashaba said he had been inundated with allegations, forensic reports, and questionable tenders, all of which had been hidden from the public eye.

A number of cases were currently at advanced stages of forensic investigation and the outcomes would be released soon. There was a deep-rooted fear that his administration would expose the corruption, maladministration, and nepotism that had become the order of the day under the ANC’s rule, he said.

"This is why you see such a deliberate effort by the ANC to collapse this government in council."

Sibiya previously served in the now-defunct Scorpions as chief special investigator and leading its Free State branch.

He became a brigadier while leading the commercial crimes unit of the Hawks, before becoming the unit’s Gauteng head.

Mashaba expressed his confidence in Sibiya and called on him to identify tenders awarded to relatives of City employees.

Fired by Hawks head

Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza fired Sibiya in September last year for his alleged role in the illegal deportation of five Zimbabweans in 2010.

Sibiya was found guilty of gross misconduct after a disciplinary inquiry into the renditions.

Advocate Mxolisi Zondo found that, although Sibiya could not be placed on the scene in Diepsloot on November 5 and 23, 2010, his cellphone records and his presence at the Hawks offices when Zimbabwean police visited indicated that he would have known about it.

The Zimbabwean nationals were wanted for the murder of a police officer in Bulawayo. Three of the five were subsequently killed, allegedly by Zimbabwean police.

Hawks head Anwa Dramat resigned in April 2015, after being implicated in the renditions.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride was suspended for allegedly tampering with a report into the allegations.

McBride's suspension was overturned, and criminal charges against him were dropped.

Sibiya had claimed that the allegations were revenge for an investigation into murder allegations against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

 

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