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Hawks hope Sibiya findings will send strong message

The Hawks say findings of misconduct against Sibiya will hopefully send a warning to other officials.

On Friday, a disciplinary inquiry found that Sibiya sanctioned the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean nationals in 2010. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks say findings of misconduct against Shadrack Sibiya will hopefully serve a warning to other officials to follow procedure.

On Friday, a disciplinary inquiry found that Sibiya sanctioned the illegal rendition of Zimbabwean nationals in 2010.

The Gauteng Hawks boss has denied any involvement in the operation and believes the investigations were part of a witch hunt against him.

The chairperson of the internal disciplinary inquiry into the Gauteng Hawks head, Mxolisi Zondo, found that while Sibiya was not involved in the arrest of the suspects he did know about the operation and gave clearance for it.

The organisation is now waiting for mitigation arguments to be submitted before a final decision is made.

Spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "It will send a strong message to other senior officers within the Hawks that they should act responsibly because as the organisation we will not hesitate to take them on."

Earlier, the Hawks said the outcome of the disciplinary hearing will restore public confidence in the organisation.

Mulaudzi said nobody in the organisation is exempt from disciplinary action.

He said the stern approach taken regarding investigations around Sibiya's misconduct is proof that the Hawks takes issues of malpractice seriously.