Gauteng Hawks boss 'willing to cooperate' in investigation

He and Anwa Dramat are accused of being involved in the illegal rendition of 4 Zimbabwean men in 2010.

FILE: Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya says he is still willing to cooperate with an investigation into alleged misconduct. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite securing an interdict preventing his suspension late last night, Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya says he is still willing to cooperate with an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Sibiya received notice of suspension from the acting Hawks chief last Monday but that was set aside last night because he did not receive enough information to respond with reasons why he should keep his position.

He and Hawks head Anwa Dramat are accused of being involved in the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean men in 2010, but an unreleased report from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is said to have cleared him.

His lawyer Victor Nkhwashu says Sibiya is looking forward to returning to work as he was on leave when he received the notice of suspension.

"My client has always indicated that he will cooperate. He believes he is able to go to work and perform his duties."

Sibiya has maintained that he was not involved in the rendition of the four men to Zimbabwe in any form.

Two years ago, he accused crime intelligence of resorting to dirty tricks after he was implicated but now insists the notice of suspension is not part of any agenda and is merely procedural.

Sibiya was the former head of the now disbanded Scorpions Unit.

HAWKS BOSS'S COURT CHALLENGE

The controversy surrounding Dramat's suspension will return to court this week with the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) challenging the lawfulness of Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko's decision.

The foundation has launched a High Court bid to overturn what it says is the unlawful suspension of Dramat by Nhleko.

Dramat was suspended on 23 December for his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of the four men back to Zimbabwe in 2010.

But weekend reports claim IPID has confirmed Dramat was cleared by an investigation.

The foundation claims the section of the South African Police Services Act under which Dramat was suspended was deleted from law by the Constitutional Court.

HSF Director Francis Antonie says they decided to approach the courts as a matter of principle because the rule of law has not been respected.

"It only happens when certain procedures are followed and those procedures were not followed therefore our concern is that the Minister of Police may have acted unlawfully."

He says the HSF has also requested all the documents from the Police Minister on the IPID's investigation into Dramat.

"The minister must please take the country into his confidence because if he doesn't, it gives rise to all sorts of speculation."

The Democratic Alliance says it believes the National Assembly should debate the police minister's decision and whether he should face any action for suspending Dramat without a Parliamentary inquiry.