Gauteng Hawks chief worried about morale

Shadrack Sibiya is concerned about the effectiveness of the crime fighting unit in his absence.

Shadrack Sibiya is concerned about the effectiveness of the crime fighting unit in his absence. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Hawks chief Shadrack Sibiya has raised concerns about morale among the unit's staff.

This follows the suspension of national Hawks chief Anwa Dramat.

Sibiya secured a Labour Court interdict last night while section head Leslie Maluleke is expected to give reasons why he shouldn't be suspended later today.

The Hawks and police say the debacle is related to the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean men back to their country in 2010.

But an investigation by police watchdog the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) reportedly cleared both Dramat and Sibiya.

Sibiya's lawyer Victor Nkhwashu said the Gauteng Hawks chief was concerned about the effectiveness of the crime fighting unit in his absence.

"He was worried in that he was making a meaningful contribution to the fight against crime."

Nkhwashu says the suspensions have already affected moral in the Gauteng office and Sibiya hopes to reinspire confidence as he returns from leave on Monday.

The Hawks have two days to submit detailed reasons why Sibiya should be suspended.

Sibiya was the former head of the now disbanded Scorpions.

'REASONS MUST BE MADE PUBLIC'

The Helen Suzman Foundation says the truth and suspected political meddling in the suspension of Dramat must be revealed during court proceedings this week.

A letter, in which Dramat alleges that he is being targetted, will form part of the evidence in the case before the North Gauteng High Court.

The legal challenge was lodged by the foundation.

It's arguing the police minister did not apply the law correctly when removing Dramat from office.

Foundation Director Francis Antonie says the IPID probe into the illegal renditions must be made public.

"The basis of the suspension should be reported in court."

Antonie says while the court challenge is about the Hawks, it is also about a broader accountability issue.

The court challenge has been set down for Thursday.

The police ministry says it can only comment after the matter is heard in Pretoria.