Sibiya's Hawks battle takes dramatic turn

The Hawks withdrew its notice of suspension against Shadrack Sibiya last night.

Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The battle by Gauteng head of the Hawks Shadrack Sibiya to remain in his position has taken another dramatic turn.

Last night the elite crime-fighting unit withdrew its notice of suspension against him as he prepared to challenge it in court.

Sibiya was allegedly implicated in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010 and this week secured an interdict against his suspension because he did not have the details of what he's accused of.

Sibiya's notice of suspension was issued in connection with the same illegal rendition case Anwa Dramat was taken off duty for, but both Hawks officials insist they have been cleared.

This is based on an investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) which has reportedly only implicated another senior Hawks official, Leslie Maluleke.

Ipid's report has not yet been fully disclosed to the public and the Helen Suzman Foundation says it must be tabled in court tomorrow to provide clarity around speculation of political meddling.

The unit's acting head Mthandazo Ntlemeza is due to make a decision on Maluleke's suspension this week.

The Hawks say claims that suspended head Anwa Dramat's allies are being shifted to different positions by the new acting head are irresponsible and devoid of any truth.

Several newspaper reports have alleged that Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has embarked on a clean-up of the unit in key positions and has reassigned the head of integrity finance and is on the verge of removing 12 head of forums investigating priority crimes.

The allegations follow Dramat's suspension and claims by him that he's being singled out.

But Hawks' spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi says no one has been shifted or fired, and there aren't any plans to do so in the future.

"I have it on high authority from the general himself to say that there has not been any movement within the Hawks. People are still sitting in their posts and there is no anticipation of moving anybody."