'Sibiya linked to illegal rendition scandal'

Berning Ntlemeza says a witness has put the Gauteng Hawks head at the centre of the scandal.

FILE. Berning Ntlemeza says a witness has put the Gauteng Hawks head in Diepsloot giving instructions that Zimbabwean nationals be transported to a local police station before being taken to the Beitbridge border post.Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says a witness has put Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya at the centre of an illegal rendition scandal dating back to 2010.

This emerged in the High Court in Pretoria where Sibiya is applying to have his suspension declared invalid and unlawful.

The Major-General claims he's being persecuted for overseeing an investigation that led to former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli's arrest in 2011.

Ntlemeza says a witness places Sibiya in Diepsloot giving instructions that Zimbabwean nationals be transported to a local police station before being taken to the Beitbridge border post.

While Ntlemeza says he's not suggesting Sibiya is guilty, but because of the seriousness of the allegations and his senior position, it's in everyone's interest that he's suspended until the matter is finalised.

Sibiya claims in court papers that the illegal rendition allegations is a smokescreen for a conspiracy against him for overseeing an investigation against Mdluli.

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Sibiya was suspended along with Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, for their alleged involvement in the Zimbabwean prisoners saga.

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