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Sibiya learnt of plot against him from CIU officer

The Gauteng Hawks boss is testifying in his own defence at the Zimbabwe rendition operation inquiry.

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

PRETORIA - Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya said on Thursday he learnt of a plot to implicate him in the so-called Zimbabwe rendition operation from a Crime Intelligence officer who was a known supporter of the unit's former commander Richard Mdluli.

Sibiya was testifying at his disciplinary hearing being held in Pretoria, where he denied any involvement in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Sibiya said he first heard of the illegal rendition from a police officer who had falsely accused him of assault.

"I heard from one of the Crime Intelligence officers informing me that this is what they're planning to do."

He said he was told that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigator was also trying to put pressure on his subordinates.

"He met with my members, I remember two of them reporting to me that he was trying to influence them to make a statement against me and to say that I gave them instructions to go and arrest those people and deport them."

Sibiya's cross-examination continues today.