Sibiya hearing: Doubt cast on evidence of CIU officers

Ipid's Innocent Khubu says statements from the CIU against Sibiya are full of hearsay.

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

PRETORIA - A senior Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigator has cast doubt on the reliability of the evidence crime intelligence officers have presented in the case against Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya.

The details are contained in a new affidavit submitted in Robert McBride's legal battle against the police minister.

Sibiya is accused of planning and executing the operation which led to the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010, a claim he has denied, saying he's being framed for arresting former Crime Intelligence Unit head, Richard Mdluli.

Ipid investigator Innocent Khubu said the crime intelligence statements against Sibiya are replete with hearsay, and the language used was remarkably similar to the language used in other cases in which the officers were involved.

Khuba said he was instructed to collaborate with crime intelligence Colonel Botsotso Moukungwa in the rendition investigation, and to keep such co-operation secret.

He said Moukungwa had already started the investigation, but the docket consisted primarily of statements from crime intelligence officers who implicated Sibiya in the rendition operation.

Khuba reveals that Moukungwa had earlier tried to have Sibiya prosecuted on that evidence, but was turned away by the NPA.