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Gauteng Hawks boss to fight his suspension

Major-General Shadrack Sibiya claims he's being persecuted for his investigation into Richard Mdluli.

FILE: Suspended Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya claims he is being persecuted for his investigation into former head of police intelligence, Richard Mdluli. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Gauteng Hawks head Major-General Shadrack Sibiya claims he's being persecuted for his investigation into former head of police intelligence, Richard Mdluli.

Sibiya has approached the High Court in Pretoria to have his suspension declared invalid and unlawful.

Sibiya, as well as Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, have been suspended for their alleged involvement in the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean prisoners in 2010.

The Helen Suzman Foundation successfully had Dramat's suspension declared invalid and unlawful, but he has not yet returned to work.

Sibiya says in court papers that acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza's eagerness to suspend him is motivated by revenge for his ally, Mdluli.

Sibiya has argued that Ntlemeza doesn't have the authority to suspend him nor is the decision to do so rational.

He says like the High Court found that the police minister cannot unilaterally suspend the head of the Hawks and Cabinet approval is also needed to suspend the provincial head.

Sibiya says both the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the Hawks Integrity Management Unit have cleared him of any involvement in the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean prisoners.

Sibiya says he's being punished for overseeing an investigation that led to Mdluli's arrest on charges of fraud and corruption in 2011.