Suspended Hawks head 'taking it like a man' - lawyer

2015-07-24 20:04


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Johannesburg - Suspended Gauteng Hawks head Major General Shadrack Sibiya is taking his disciplinary inquiry's findings against him "like a man", his lawyer said on Friday.

"I have spoken to him. He subjected himself to this process and did not expect a pre-planned outcome. He is taking it like a man," Victor Nkwashu told News24.

He said they were sent the inquiry's judgment, which found that Sibiya was involved in the rendition of a group of Zimbabweans, at 10:30 on Friday.

The sanctions against Sibiya would still have to be determined by the inquiry.

"That matter still has to be heard - there should be a process of mitigation and aggravation of the sanction that they will mete out," Nkwashu said.

He said the written arguments had to be submitted by July 31.

Nkwashu said they would not be happy with any sanction because the evidence at the inquiry "was overwhelmingly in his favour".

He could not immediately say whether Sibiya would take the matter to court.

"I will have to take instruction on that. We are still studying the judgment."

Sibiya was suspended on January 20 2015, and his disciplinary hearing was held in Pretoria in June to establish whether he knew about, or was present as claimed by some witnesses, at the arrests and subsequent illegal deportation of the Zimbabweans wanted for the killing of a policeman in Zimbabwe.

Sibiya denied the claims, saying they were an act of revenge by former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, following an investigation into whether Mdluli had killed a love rival, Oupa Ramogibe.

Mdluli had also faced fraud and corruption charges relating to a secret police fund in a case at the Commercial Crimes Court, which has subsequently been taken off the roll over problems in declassifying certain documents.

The rendition allegations have already been linked to the departure of national Hawks head Anwa Dramat, who allegedly knew about it, and a disciplinary hearing for Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride.

The Labour Court in Johannesburg ruled on Friday that McBride's disciplinary hearing be put on hold pending his challenge at the High Court in Pretoria on a Constitutional point.

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