The suspension of Gauteng Hawks boss Major-General Shadrack Sibiya was unconstitutional, the North Gauteng High Court has ruled.
Judge Elias Matojane today said that the suspension served on Sibiya in January was invalid and unlawful.
The court also declared invalid the appointment of Major-General Elias Dlamini to replace him as acting Gauteng boss of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations.
In court papers, Sibiya accused the acting national head of the Hawks Major-General Berning Ntlemeza of being motivated by the desire to take revenge on behalf of his “ally”, suspended police crime intelligence head Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli.
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 he did not know why he was suspended.