Gauteng Hawks head placed on formal suspension

Hawks boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza has rejected Shadrack Sibiya's reasons why he should remain in office.

FILE:  The decision comes in the wake of witness statements that directly implicate Shadrack Sibiya in the illegal rendition of 4 Zimbabwean men in 2010. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt acting Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza has formally placed Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya on suspension.

Ntlemeza has rejected Sibiya's reasons why he should remain in office.

His decision to suspend the Gauteng hawks boss comes in the wake of witness statements that directly implicate him in the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean men in 2010.

It's not yet clear if Sibiya will challenge the latest suspension in court.

Hawks head Anwa Dramat has also been implicated in the illegal rendition case and was suspended last month by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

The rendition case was investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Judgment has been reserved in the case between Nhleko and the Helen Suzman Foundation(HSF) which is challenging Nhleko's decision to suspend Dramat.

Ntlemeza could meanwhile be out of office by the end of the week if the High Court rules the action taken against Dramat by Nhleko was illegal.

He has been accused of purging Dramat's allies through suspension notices and having links to former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

At the same time, Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Phumzo Gela is preparing to challenge his redeployment to the Free State.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says the decision to transfer Gela was taken after examining his skills set.

"The decision to rotate all senior managers is informed by their skills profile, the interest of the service and their personal circumstances."

He has until the end of this month to appeal the decision.