Sibiya testifies in his own defence at rendition inquiry

The Gauteng Hawks boss denied any involvement in the 2010 rendition of Zimbabwean suspects.

FILE: Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya has said the first time he heard that he was being implicated in the rendition of Zimbabwean suspects was from a crime intelligence officer who had accused him of assault.

Sibiya has today started testifying in his own defence at his disciplinary hearing, which is being held in Pretoria.

The major general is accused of planning and executing the operation which led to the rendition in 2010.

Sibiya said he was told of a plot to implicate him by a police officer who was at court to support Richard Mdluli when he made his first appearance, and who later opened a case of assault against him.

He has denied any involvement in the matter.

"I was not involved. I didn't even know about it. I was not even informed about it. I did not participate nor give any instruction to anybody to trace and arrest the Zimbabwean nationals or to detain them or to deport them."