Senior Hawks official clears Sibiya in Zim rendition

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Neethling has given evidence in Sibiya’s disciplinary hearing in Pretoria.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A senior Hawks official called to testify against the unit's Gauteng head, Shadrack Sibiya, appears to have strengthened his case that he had nothing to do with the so-called Zimbabwe rendition.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Neethling has given evidence in Sibiya's disciplinary hearing in Pretoria.

The major general is accused of planning and executing the operation, which led to the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Neethling says in early November 2010, he was called by a Colonel Jacob Makoe to provide back up in an operation.

He says on arrival in Diepsloot, he was then approached by Captain Leslie Cowboy Maluleke who told him that he was investigating a case of a policeman murdered in Zimbabwe.

Neethling says he did not see Sibiya during the operation and has no knowledge of him ever being informed of the operation.

Weekend reports quoted Maluleke as confirming that Sibiya played no part in the matter and that the arrest of the suspects was entirely his initiative.

While it's understood Sibiya will testify in the matter, it's unclear whether they'll call Maluleke.