The City of Johannesburg has scored a major coup. Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the DA have announced the appointment of former Gauteng Hawks head, Shadrack Sibiya, to head up the city’s forensic unit.

The DA tweeted:

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Sibiya was suspended in 2015 by then acting Hawks head Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza for his alleged involvement in the 2010 “illegal Zimbabwe rendition case”, a move that was later overruled by the court. It was during Sibiya’s Pretoria High Court application fighting the suspension that Judge Elias Matojane labelled Ntlemeza as “dishonest” and “lacking integrity”.

Sibiya, a respected law enforcement official, joins the now DA-led City of Joburg, headed by Mayor Herman Mashaba.

The ANC subsequently lost Tshwane, Joburg and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA, a significant loss for the ruling party.

Sibya’s welcoming into the DA-run executive fold mirrors somewhat the appointment of former head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Advocate Vusi Pikoli to the DA’s newly created position of Police Ombudsman in the Western Cape.

The office was established after the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police inefficiency.