Acting Hawks head to decide on Sibiya's suspension

Shadrack Sibiya is accused of facilitating the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean men from Diepsloot.

FILE: The Hawks say a decision on whether Shadrack Sibiya will be suspended will be made by acting head Mthandazo Ntlemeza within the next few days. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks say a decision on whether Shadrack Sibiya will be suspended will be made by acting head Mthandazo Ntlemeza within the next few days.

Sibiya is accused of facilitating the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean men from Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, over the Beitbridge Border crossing in 2010, which is the same reason Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was placed on precautionary suspension.

On Monday, he made representations to Ntlemeza, explaining why he believes he's innocent.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says, "The matter is receiving attention. We will be making an announcement soon. As we speak now, that position has not been taken as yet."

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

It was earlier reported that Ntlemeza arrived in Cape Town to meet with senior officials in the province to discuss sensitive ongoing investigations.

Ntlemeza is in charge of the Priority Crimes Unit while Dramat is on suspension.

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

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

Mulaudzi says Ntlemeza has already visited KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to ensure the unit's work is not disrupted.

"It's also an opportunity to give the members a platform to talk to him. We are trying by all means to make sure that we bring stability to the unit and hopefully with his visit, we will be able to make sure our members concentrate fully on what they're supposed to do."