Ntlemeza: Ipid unlawfully tried to exonerate Dramat & Sibiya

The serious allegation is contained in an affidavit Ntlemeza submitted to the High Court in Pretoria.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also called the Hawks, is responsible for combating, investigating and preventing national priority crimes like organised crime, commercial crime and corruption.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has accused the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) of unlawfully attempting to exonerate Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya of any involvement in the rendition of five Zimbabweans in 2010.

The serious allegation is contained in an affidavit Ntlemeza submitted to the High Court in Pretoria, opposing Sibiya's attempt to return to work.

This week, Ipid broke its silence, saying it handed over one report to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) which recommends no charges be brought against the pair.

In what can be interpreted as an aggressive move, Ntlemeza says the legitimate Ipid report was signed in January last year.

This document found that Dramat and Sibiya have a case to answer to.

He describes a second report handed to the NPA in April last year as mysterious and accuses Ipid of trying to conceal it without explaining how.

But the police watchdog has publicly stated that only one finding exists and earlier copies are nothing more than progress reports with no legal standing.

The parties involved are not commenting on the running court battle.