Guilty verdict against Sibiya ‘legally flawed’

Sibiya was found guilty of gross misconduct for his role in the arrest & rendition of Zimbabwean suspects.

Suspended Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya at an internal inquiry for his involvement in the 2010 rendition of several Zimbabweans on 10 June 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Suspended Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya's attorney has said the guilty verdict against his client is legally flawed, but declined to say whether he will appeal the matter.

The Major General was found guilty on Friday of gross misconduct for his role in the arrest and rendition of a group of Zimbabwean murder suspects in 2010.

Sibiya has denied any involvement in the matter, arguing that he is being targeted for leading the investigation and arrest of former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

Attorney Victor Nkhwashu said his client is disappointed at the ruling, but considers it only a minor setback.

"The evidence was clear that my client was not guilty on any of those charges."

Nkhwashu said advocate Mxolisi Zondos judgment was poorly reasoned.

"The body of the judgment does not correlate with the bottom finding of the judgment. The judgment is legally flawed."

Hawks management however welcomed the ruling, saying it believes the outcome will restore confidence in the unit.