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High Court to rule on Shadrack Sibiya's suspension

While the Gauteng Hawks boss recovers after a car crash, the court will rule on whether he may return to work.

FILE. While the Gauteng Hawks boss recovers after a car crash, the court will rule on whether he may return to work. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria is expected to rule today on two applications related to Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya, to decide whether he may return to work or not.

Earlier this month, the court declared Sibiya's suspension unlawful and invalid, but Acting National Hawks Head Mthandazo Ntlemeza appealed the matter.

Sibiya and suspended head of the unit Anwa Dramat were implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Despite being cleared by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), Ntlemeza and the Police Ministry have refused to accept the findings and pursued cases against the pair.

Ntlemeza argued that the court was wrong to accept the claim that Ipid had cleared Sibiya of his involvement in the 2010 rendition.

He says questions surrounding the authenticity of that report have not been answered as Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has taken action against Ipid head Robert McBride.

Sibiya has however asked the court to enforce the earlier order declaring his suspension unlawful and invalid.

He wants an order ensuring that he may report for duty irrespective of an appeal before a court.

Judge Elias Matojane is expected to rule on both these matters today.

Meanwhile, Sibiya is recovering following a car crash a week ago that left him in intensive care.

The Hawks have confirmed they're investigating the incident.