Hawks boss still waiting for axe to fall

2015-08-25 20:35


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Johannesburg - The process of formalising Gauteng Hawks boss Major General Shadrack Sibiya's sacking was still underway, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said on Tuesday.

Last week, Mxolisi Zondo, chairperson of a disciplinary inquiry into Sibiya's role in the alleged illegal deportation of a group of Zimbabweans, recommended that Sibiya be dismissed.

Mulaudzi said that before Sibiya received formal notice that he was fired, the notice had to be approved by acting Gauteng Hawks head Major General Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

After that, he had a chance to appeal.

Sibiya's lawyer, Victor Nkhwashu, said Sibiya had not received the dismissal notice yet, but because he had been expecting it, he was already working on his appeal.

Sibiya was suspended on January 20 and subjected to a disciplinary inquiry relating to the alleged rendition of five Zimbabweans wanted for the murder of a policeman in Bulawayo.

He denied the claims, saying he believed former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli was taking revenge on him after an investigation into whether Mdluli had killed a love rival, Oupa Ramogibe.

In July, Zondo found he could not place Sibiya at the scene of the operations in Diepsloot on November 5 2010 or on November 23 2010, but his cellphone records indicated that for the first operation he had sent at least 30 text messages and been in cellphone contact with the team carrying out the operation.

National Hawks head Anwa Dramat was drawn into the controversy and has since left.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride was also suspended after allegations of tampering with an IPID report into the matter. He has launched a constitutional challenge to his suspension, due to be heard later this month.

His own disciplinary was put on hold by the Labour Court, pending his constitutional challenge to police minister Nathi Nhleko's right to suspend him.

This matter will be held on Thursday and Friday in the High Court in Pretoria.

Read more on:    hawks  |  richard mdluli  |  anwa dramat  |  robert mcbride  |  shadrack sibiya  |  johannesburg

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