Ipid to comment on McBride's exoneration after his hearing

It’s emerged an investigator in the probe has pleaded guilty to altering a report and has exonerated McBride.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says it will only comment on reports that the institution's head Robert McBride has been exonerated from any wrongdoing after his disciplinary hearing is concluded.

It's emerged that a senior investigator in the probe into the illegal rendition of four Zimbabweans has pleaded guilty to altering a report and has exonerated 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 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.

Ipid spokesperson Grace Langa says, "So it will be premature of us to release any kind of information related to that. What we're intending to do is to release a media statement with all the information and details once the matter is concluded and closed."

Khuba, a senior Ipid investigator, stated 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 said 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 said he produced the so-called second report together with Sesoko after McBride was appointed in March that year.

He said 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.