Gauteng Hawks boss hit with 2nd notice of suspension

Shadrack Sibiya had planned to challenge his suspension in the Labour Court this morning.

FILE: Shadrack Sibiya has been service with a second notice of suspension, hours after the first was withdrawn. Picture: EWN>

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that the Gauteng head of the Hawks, Shadrack Sibiya, has been served with another notice of suspension, just hours after the first was withdrawn by the unit's acting head.

The notice relates to Sibiya's alleged role in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010 which is the same reason why hawks boss Anwa Dramat was suspended last year.

Sibiya had planned to challenge his suspension in the Labour Court this morning.

It was initially temporarily overturned because police did not provide him with enough details on the allegations.

It's believed the notice is related to the same illegal rendition case but the reason why the Hawks withdrew it last night only to reinstate it hours later, is not yet known.

The rendition case was investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and it's still unclear if its outcome, which reportedly clears Sibiya, formed part of his submission to the court.

Earlier, the Democratic Alliance in Parliament said Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko must reveal if he appointed the acting head of the Hawks in order to purge allies of suspended Dramat.

The unit's acting head Mthandazo Ntlemeza was appointed by Nhleko following Dramat's suspension.

The minister has been asked appear before Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee later this month to explain what's happening inside the elite unit.