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Shadrack Sibiya to learn his fate today

Sibiya is accused of planning and executing the operation which led to the rendition of 5 Zimbabweans.

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

PRETORIA - Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya is expected to find out today whether he's guilty or not of involvement in the so-called Zimbabwean renditions case and whether he can now return to work.

The major general's disciplinary hearing concluded last month.

He has been on suspension since January.

Sibiya is accused of planning and executing the operation which led to the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Not only will Sibiya find out whether the evidence against him is strong enough to positively link him to the 2010 rendition, but also whether his claims of a crime intelligence conspiracy hold water.

Sibiya has maintained that he had nothing to do with the rendition operation, and that it was initiated and led by crime intelligence and he was implicated in it for investigating and arresting the unit's former commander, Richard Mdluli.

The Crime Intelligence Unit witnesses police management relied to place Sibiya on the scene of the operation were described as weak and provided contradicting versions.

The employer's strongest witness however appeared to support Sibiya's version of events that he was nowhere near Diepsloot on the night of the arrests.

Last month, 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.