Sibiya says suspension not political

The Gauteng Hawks boss said he was challenging the suspension as due process was not followed.

Shadrack Sibiya says he’s challenging his suspension in court because due process wasn’t followed. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya says he does not believe his suspension is politically motivated.

Despite this, he decided to challenge the decision in court because due process was not followed by the unit's acting head.

Mthandazo Ntlemeza suspended Sibiya after being appointed by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko just days after Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was also placed on temporary leave.

Sibiya is accused of facilitating the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean men from Diepsloot in 2010.

Lawyer Victor Nkhwashu says they have not been able to contact Ntlemeza since the decision was taken to suspend Sibiya.

"It should be within the bounds of the law, that is what he's challenging."

Meanwhile, Dramat will continue his wait to find out whether he will be allowed to return to work or not after the North Gauteng High Court reserved judgment in the matter.

The Helen Suzman Foundation won an application two weeks ago to have Dramat's suspension deemed unlawful and invalid, but Nhleko appealed the matter.

The Hawks boss was scheduled to return to work two weeks ago but Nhleko's appeal has put his return on hold.

The foundation approached the court seeking an enforcement order, which would ensure the original court order was put into effect regardless of whether the matter was on appeal.

The foundation argued that Dramat's absence from the unit caused irreparable harm.