Third officer testifies against Hawks Gauteng boss

Shadrack Sibiya is accused of being involved in an illegal rendition operation.

Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya and his legal team at his disciplinary hearing which started in Pretoria on 10 June 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised over allegations that Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya was in fact responsible for the so-called Zimbabwe rendition operation due to police command and control procedures.

A third crime intelligence officer has testified in the major general's disciplinary hearing which is being held in Pretoria.

Sibiya is accused of planning and executing the operation that led to the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Crime intelligence sergeant Desmond Campbell testified that as standard procedure in the police, the most senior officer for an operation addresses the members.

Campbell conceded that he thought it was odd that Sibiya, whom he claims was present at the 5 November operation, did not conduct a parade.

He says the most senior officer would also issue the instructions, but says it was captain Cowboy Maluleke who ordered him to detain a suspect in Soweto as an illegal immigrant.

Campbell says it was also Maluleke who conducted a parade after the operation.

Sibiya has maintained that he had no part in the operation and is being framed by crime intelligence for his role in arresting the unit's former commander, Richard Mdluli in 2011.


A second crime intelligence officer implicated the Gauteng Hawks boss, despite cellphone records placing the major-general elsewhere at those times.

This emerged on Thursday during his disciplinary hearing.

Crime intelligence sergeant Petros Jawuke said he saw Sibiya seated in a car in Diepsloot during the second operation to arrest Zimbabwean suspects.

Earlier this week, Sergeant Bongani Yende testified that he too saw Sibiya seated in a car, but only during the first operation and not the second.

It also emerged in the evidence that a warrant officer Makwe, who was giving instructions to Jawuke and Yende, was Mdluli's driver.