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First on EWN: McBride's subordinate admits to altering Zimbabwe rendition report

EWN has seen the signed affidavit in which Innocent Khuba pleads guilty to defeating the ends of justice.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can exclusively reveal that one of suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride's subordinates has struck a deal with the police watchdog, in which he admits to altering a report into the so-called Zimbabwean rendition matter.

EWN has seen the signed affidavit in which Innocent Khuba pleads guilty to dishonesty and defeating the ends of justice, for which he has received a final written warning.

Khuba investigated the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010 and the first report he drew up implicated then-senior Hawks officials Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya in the crime.

McBride is accused of altering the report to exonerate the pair, but this latest development appears to clear him of any wrongdoing.

Khuba, a senior Ipid investigator, has stated in an affidavit signed on Friday that McBride was never made aware of a first report which implicated Dramat and Sibiya.

He says he first submitted a report to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in January 2014, but noted that it still had outstanding matters to be investigated.

After McBride was appointed in March of that year, he was instructed to work together with fellow investigator Matthew Sesoko and later submitted a second report, which was subsequently signed off by his new boss.

Khuba says Sesoko and McBride were not aware of his January report and were only made aware of it when a journalist started asking questions about it.

He states clearly that neither Sesoko nor McBride gave any instructions to alter a report or to exonerate any suspect.