Sibiya: Phone records place me far from Zim rendition

Major General Shadrack Sibiya says his phone records show he was in Pretoria on the night of that operation.

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.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya on Thursday said his phone records not only contradicted, but also undermined the evidence of crime intelligence members who placed him on the scene of a rendition operation.

The major general was testifying in his own defence at his disciplinary hearing being held in Pretoria.

He is accused of leading an operation which led to the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects on 2010.

Three crime intelligence members have given evidence that they saw Sibiya in Fourways and Diepsloot on the night of the operation.

Sibiya said his phone records showed otherwise.

"As my phone records clearly indicates, I was nowhere near Fourways or Diepsloot or at a mall. I was in Pretoria."

Sibiya says he always kept his official phone with him.

"As a newly appointed general in Gauteng you cannot take such a risk. When the provincial commissioner needs you now or general [Anwa] Dramat calls you and someone else answers the phone, the next day I have to explain what was going on because if he needs you he must get hold of you."

On Wednesday a senior Hawks official called to testify against Sibiya appeared to have strengthened his case that he had nothing to do with the so-called Zimbabwe rendition.

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

He said 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 said he did not see Sibiya during the operation and has no knowledge of him ever being informed of the operation