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Documents confirm Sibiya was not involved in rendition op

EWN has obtained documents that support claims Sibiya was not part of the Zimbabwean rendition saga.

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 - Eyewitness News has obtained documents which appear to support the latest revelations that Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya had no involvement in the so-called Zimbabwean rendition operation.

The _Sunday Independent _at the weekend reported that a Captain Leslie 'Cowboy' Maluleke had admitted to initiating the operation and did not do so on anyone's instructions.

But the Hawks have said he newspaper report contains mere allegations that don't warrant a response.

Sibiya is accused of planning and executing the operation which led to the arrest of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010, a claim he has denied.

He said he's being framed for arresting former Crime Intelligence Unit head Richard Mdluli in 2011.

EWN has obtained two documents from senior Hawks officers which state that Maluleke was in charge of the Zimbabwe rendition operation.

Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Neethling said in a sworn statement that Maluleke requested his assistance for the operation while warrant officer Jacob Makoe said not only was Maluleke in charge, but that Sibiya was not on the scene.

EWN understands that the next witness the Hawks intend calling to testify against Sibiya could help clear him of any involvement in the operation.

Neethling states that in November 2010 he received a call from Maluleke to assist him in the arrest of Zimbabwean suspects.

The legal team prosecuting Sibiya at his disciplinary hearing confirmed last week that they intend calling Neethling when the matter resumes today.

He said Maluleke told him that he was investigating a case related to the murder of a Zimbabwean police officer.

Neethling said he didn't question Maluleke because the captain led the Hawks cross-border desk and he relied on his knowledge and experience in such matters.

Maluleke told the Sunday Independent that the arrest and deportation was entirely his initiative.

Three Crime Intelligence officers, who testified last week, implicating Sibiya, also confirmed taking instructions from the officer known as 'Cowboy'.