Hawks suspensions 'won’t harm investigations'

The crime fighting unit says it is confident that no cases will be compromised.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the notice to suspend Gauteng chief Shadrack Sibiya won't affect ongoing investigations, the crime fighting unit said on Monday.

Dramat was suspended on 23 December while Sibiya received his notice on Monday morning.

Both men now face a probe over their alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of four men to Zimbabwe.

The four were wanted for committing crimes in that country.

Sibiya is the previous head of the Scorpions and under his leadership in Gauteng, the unit made significant breakthroughs in organised crime.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said Sibiya has seven days to provide reasons why he should not be suspended.

He adds investigations will not be compromised if the unit's Gauteng head is removed from office.

"The functioning of the organisation will not be compromised as the matter is between the employer and the employee. We are confident that the work of the Gauteng Hawks will continue."

Sibiya welcomed the suspension and said he would cooperate with the probe.

He maintains he'll clear his name.

Dramat's lawyer meanwhile says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has invited them to meet this week to discuss his client's suspension.

Lawyer Johann Nortjé claims political reasons were behind the suspension as his client refused to get rid of certain people investigating cases close to President Jacob Zuma.

Dramat has written to Nhleko asking him to lift his suspension by the end of today or else he will consider going to the Labour Court.

Nortjé earlier claimed the suspension was unconstitutional.

Dramat was replaced by acting head, Major General Benny Ntlemeza, who testified in former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's murder inquest.