Suspended Gauteng Hawks head Major-General Shadrack Sibiya has been fired, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi has confirmed.
This was in line with the recommendations of a disciplinary inquiry into his role in the illegal deportation of five Zimbabweans.
”We do not know whether he is going to challenge the decision or not, but as the employer, the position is that he is dismissed,” Mulaudzi told News24 on Friday.
The decision was taken on Monday, August 31 by the acting national Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza in terms of the SA Police Service Act.
Sibiya was found guilty of gross misconduct after a disciplinary inquiry into the renditions was conducted by advocate Mxolisi Zondo.
Zondo found that although Sibiya could not be placed on the scene in Diepsloot on November 5, 2010, and on November 23, 2010, his cellphone records and his presence at the Hawks offices when Zimbabwean police visited, indicated that he would have known about it.
The Zimbabwean nationals were wanted by police in that country for the murder of a policeman in Bulawayo.
Three were subsequently killed, allegedly by Zimbabwean police.
Previously, former Hawks head Anwa Dramat resigned after being implicated in the renditions, and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride was suspended for allegedly tampering with a report into the allegations.
Sibiya had claimed that the allegations were revenge for an investigation into murder allegations against former intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.
On Thursday, City Press reported that three Ipid employees – Moses Dlamini, Antonett Mphago and Pule Maoka – had received letters on Monday informing them that they were set to either be suspended or transferred for allegedly leaking information to the publication over the appointment of Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu’s daughter, Boniwe Sotyu, to the position of deputy investigations director in the Free State.
The complaint was that she had neither the qualifications nor the experience for the job.
Ipid’s chief director of corporate services, Nomkhosi Netsianda, was reportedly also suspended last month for querying the appointment.
The suspension of the three Ipid employees made a turn in the Labour Court on Thursday, which ruled no action should be taken against them, pending a full hearing into the matter. News24