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Sibiya disciplinary: CIU's role in rendition becoming evident

Sibiya maintains he is being framed by the CIU for arresting the unit's head, Richard Mdluli.

FILE: The disciplinary hearing of Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya for his involvement in the 2010 rendition of several Zimbabweans started in Pretoria on 10 June 2015. Picrure: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - The central role of the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) in the rendition of Zimbabwean suspects is becoming increasingly evident in Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya's disciplinary hearing.

The Major-General has been accused of planning and executing the operation that led to the rendition of the five suspects in 2010.

Sibiya has maintained he had no part in the operation and that he is being framed by CIU for arresting the unit's head, Richard Mdluli.

Advocate Paul Kennedy referred CIU sergeant Bongani Yende to a letter from the Zimbabwe police, which thanked Crime Intelligence officers for the arrest of five suspects linked to the murder of a Bulawayo policeman.

The letter further states that the suspects' information was passed to Crime Intelligence officers.

Yende testified on Wednesday that Sibiya was in charge of operation to arrest the Zimbabweans, and that he saw him on the scene in Diepsloot.

But a South African police internal note identifies captain Cowboy Maluleka as being tasked with tracing and arresting the men.

Kennedy put it to Yende that his evidence is designed to show falsely that Sibiya was in charge of the operation.

Kennedy further pointed out word for word similarities between Yende and his colleague's statements, accusing the officers of colluding to implicate the Gauteng Hawks boss.

The advocate read several sentences that were reproduced word for word in four different affidavits obtained from Crime Intelligence officers who tied Sibiya to rendition operation.

It emerged that the statements were obtained by a Colonel Botsotso Moukangwe, who drafted the documents and signed them off as being taken under oath, a practice Kennedy said is unheard of.

Wiersman Attorneys found in their investigation of the matter that Moukangwe, a Crime Intelligence officer had negotiated to have his name and involvement in the investigation left out of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report.

The units involvement in the matter has been cited as a concern by the watch dog suspended head Robert McBride.

General Sibiya faces five charges, including gross dereliction of duty and gross misconduct, for allegedly sanctioning and directing the Zimbabwean rendition operation.

The charge sheet states he and his former commander Anwa Dramat held clandestine meetings with the Zimbabwean authorities, where it was agreed to trace and arrest five suspects accused of murdering a policeman in Bulawayo.

The General has however maintained he had no knowledge of the operation and that he is being implicated by Crime Intelligence because of his involvement in the arrest of Mdluli.