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Acting Hawks boss defies court order

Mthandazo Ntlemeza refuses to allow Shadrack Sibiya to return to work despite a High Court ruling.

FILE: Mthandazo Ntlemeza refuses to allow Shadrack Sibiya to return to work despite a High Court ruling.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News understands acting boss for the Hawks Mthandazo Ntlemeza has defied a court order by refusing to allow Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya to return to work.

Last month, the High Court in Pretoria reaffirmed an earlier order declaring Sibiya's suspension unlawful and invalid and that the ruling would stand irrespective of any pending appeals.

Sibiya was implicated in the 2010 rendition of five suspects to Zimbabwe but police management has refused to accept the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report which clears him of any involvement in the crime.

Ntlemeza and the police management have now petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal directly to hear their argument after the lower court dismissed their application for leave.

Sibiya won the right to return back to work.

He was involved in a serious car crash which left him recovering at home, but he submitted a sick note.

Eyewitness News understands Ntlemeza rejected Sibiya's medical certificates and considers him unable to return to work because he's 'suspended'.

The High Court order declaring the ruling his suspension unlawful and invalid should be executed in full until any appeal is finalised which would make Ntlemeza in contempt of court.

The same court found that found Ntlemeza lacked integrity, had no honour and lied under oath.

Ntlemeza's office declined to comment, claiming that the matter was before the courts.