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Has McBride been cleared in the Zimbabwe rendition saga?

EWN can reveal one of McBride’s subordinates has admitted to altering a report into the case.

FILE. IPID head Robert McBride approaches the High Court in Pretoria, on 13 March 2015, to interdict Police Minister Nathi Nhleko from suspending him. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - In a fresh development in the ongoing saga at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), a senior investigator has pleaded guilty to altering a report into the so-called Zimbabwe rendition matter and has seemingly exonerated suspended head Robert McBride.

Eyewitness News has seen the signed affidavit where Innocent Khuba pleads guilty to dishonesty and defeating the ends of justice.

Khuba investigated the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010, which initially implicated 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, states in an affidavit signed yesterday that neither McBride nor fellow investigator Matthew Sesoko gave him any instructions to alter the rendition report to clear Dramat and Sibiya.

He says the pair had no knowledge of the report he submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority in January 2014, which had outstanding matters still to be investigated.

Khuba says he produced the so-called second report together with Sesoko after McBride was appointed in March that year.

He says McBride only became aware of the January report when journalists started asking about it.

While Khuba has been given a final written warning it remains to be seen what this means for McBride.