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'Hawks boss loses bid to appeal Sibiya suspension ruling'

This opens the way for Shadrack Sibiya to return to work after fighting his suspension since January.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can confirm that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has denied acting Hawks boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza an opportunity to appeal the High Court ruling that his suspension of Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya was unlawful and irregular.

This has now opened up the way for Sibiya to return to work after fighting his suspension since January.

Sibiya and former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat have been implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010 although both deny any involvement in the crime.

The SCA dismissed Ntlemeza's application on the grounds that he stood no reasonable prospect of success.

The North Gauteng High Court in March dismissed Ntlemeza's application for leave to appeal after ruling that Sibiya's suspension was unlawful and invalid.

Ntlemeza, however, petitioned the Bloemfontein court directly.

The acting Hawks boss again argued Sibiya should be suspended because of the serious allegations he faced regarding the rendition of Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Ntlemeza relied on the damning first Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report which implicated Sibiya and Dramat in the crime.

But Judge Elias Matojane found that Ntlemeza lacked integrity, lied under oath and showed disregard for the law.

While Dramat resigned in April, Sibiya has put up a strong fight to return to work.

He maintains police have no case against him.