First On EWN: Ipid accused of cherry picking evidence

EWN has obtained a statement which tells of how Ipid exonerated Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya.

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JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), has been accused of initially ignoring key evidence in its investigation into the renditions of Zimbabwean nationals by a Hawks official who turned to a private law firm to make a formal statement.

This statement, obtained exclusively by Eyewitness News , sheds new light on how Ipid's final report exonerated Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya, contrary to an earlier progress report which implicated them both.

Yesterday, Ipid broke its silence by denying the existence of any draft reports, and saying that only one finding was submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) without any about-turns or involvement from the organisation's head Robert McBride.

In a signed 2013 statement, Hawks warrant officer Jacob Makoe claims an Ipid investigator took statements only from witnesses whose evidence aligned with the case against Sibiya.

His attorney Ian Small-Smith explains says they want to make the matter clear.

"It is important for us to put this on record, Makoe's version and the fact that the investigating officer refrained from taking an affidavit from Makoe because it doesn't suit his case at that stage."

The directorate declined to comment on questions related to Makoe's statement.

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