First on EWN: Truth will finally be revealed - McBride

Innocent Khuba has signed an affidavit which will clear McBride from the rendition matter.

Suspended Ipid head Robert McBride. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News , Robert McBride says the truth will finally be revealed following a second affidavit making it clear that he played no part in altering the so-called Zimbabwe rendition report.

Eyewitness News revealed at the weekend that senior Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) investigator Innocent Khuba pleaded guilty to dishonesty and defeating the ends of justice for altering the report.

While Khuba struck the deal on Wednesday, he also signed and commissioned an affidavit at the Polokwane Police Station on Friday, in which he cleared McBride of wrongdoing.

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 had been accused of changing the report to exonerate Dramat and Sibiya.

The pair were accused of orchestrating the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Contrary to a weekend report quoting Khuba's lawyer Moloko Phooko as saying the affidavit does not exist, he has now told Eyewitness News that he is not in a position to either confirm or deny its existence.

Phooko says he last represented Khuba at the disciplinary hearing last Wednesday where he struck a deal but the affidavit was signed on Friday.

McBride says he has since spoken to Khuba who has confirmed the contents of the statement.

"This is the second affidavit which was voluntarily written and signed by Khuba which exonerates me."

Ipid management says it will only comment on the McBride matter once his disciplinary hearing has been finalised.

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