Hawks announce new acting head for Gauteng

Mthandazo Ntlemeza has appointed Nhlamvu Elias Dlamini as the organisation’s acting head in Gauteng.

FILE: Major General Nhlamvu Elias Dlamini has been appointed the organisation’s acting head in Gauteng. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Hawks head Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has appointed Major General Nhlamvu Elias Dlamini as the organisation's acting head in Gauteng.

He will run the provincial unit following Shadrack Sibiya's suspension.

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 head Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat was placed on precautionary suspension.

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

The High Court in Pretoria is due to rule tomorrow on whether Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko was correct to suspend Dramat after that decision was challenged by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF).

The foundation believes the decision to suspend Dramat was illegal and unconstitutional.

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