Hawks probe supended Sibiya for reckless driving

2015-03-22 15:00

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A high-level investigation has been launched into the car crash in which suspended Gauteng Hawks head Major General Shadrack Sibiya and his lawyer were injured this week.

Officers reporting to acting Hawks head Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, with whom Sibiya is at odds, are now investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving against Sibiya.

They are also investigating how Sibiya managed to afford his BMW X6.

Sources close to Sibiya say that a senior officer was sent from the Hawks’ head office to inform Sibiya in his hospital bed about the case against him.

“A police colonel this week visited Sibiya in hospital in a bid to obtain his statement about the accident. Sibiya, however, refused to cooperate with the investigation, saying he was still traumatised and needed to heal before making a statement,” said a senior officer close to Sibiya.

Officers loyal to Sibiya, however, are helping with another investigation.

They are trying to determine whether the braking system of Sibiya’s BMW 520d, which he was driving at the time of the crash, had been tampered with.

City Press has learnt from the sources that the technical investigation into the accident was being conducted by insurance investigators because “foul play” was suspected.

“The insurance company was requested to establish whether there was tampering with the brake fluid lines, which might have affected the vehicle’s braking ability,” said a senior Hawks source.

According to the accident report, Sibiya and Victor Nkhwashu were travelling along Grayston Drive in Sandton at 2am on Monday when his BMW aquaplaned on the wet road, causing it to roll.

“Sibiya sustained injuries to his ribs and abdominal area. Nkhwashu was treated for whiplash and discharged,” the report says.

Sibiya was not available for comment.

The Hawks today denied investigating Sibiya, Sapa reported.

“That investigation is done by police, they deal with that,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

He said the Hawks were however looking into the matter of whether Sibiya needed any assistance.

“We have requested the Gauteng office to look into the matter and find out if there is any assistance the general would require irrespective of the issues which are happening now.

“We are bound to make sure we look after our members,” Mulaudzi said.

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