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Acting Hawks head mum on Ipid reports

Berning Ntlemeza declined to comment on the report that cleared two senior Hawks bosses.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has declined to comment on matters related to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report that has cleared two senior Hawks bosses of their involvement in the rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010.

Despite the report submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in April last year recommending that Shadrack Sibiya not be prosecuted or suspended, Ntlemeza has in fact suspended him and is still fighting the matter in the courts.

Ntlemeza declined to say what information he is relying on.

"Processes are now on and I cannot comment over how I acted. So I would say the matter is sub judice, so I cannot comment."

He's also dismissed claims that he's a friend of former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, or that he's protecting him.

"Generally, Richard Mdluli is a colleague. We're doing police service, like any other general. So I don't know what all this talk is about."

Listen: Acting head of the Hawks Major-General Berning Ntlemeza speaking on Ipid reports and Richard Mdluli.

Yesterday, Ipid broke its silence about the Zimbabwe rendition investigation to clarify what it has termed speculation.

On the weekend, it was reported that an initial report implicated senior Hawks officers Anwa Dramat and Sibiya in the saga, but the final version was allegedly altered by Ipid head Robert McBride which cleared them.

Ipid confirmed it had not recommended either of the men be prosecuted.

It said in its statement that only one investigative report relating to the Zimbabwe rendition was ever submitted to the NPA, adding that any other progress report or document compiled prior to that had no legal standing.

Ipid made it clear its final report bared no resemblance, both in content and conclusion, to progress reports.