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Limpopo Ipid boss fired for signing contradictory affidavits

Innocent Khuba was fired a week after he pleaded guilty to dishonesty & defeating the ends of justice.

South African Police Service flag. Picture: Saps

PRETORIA - While police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has fired its Limpopo head for allegedly signing contradictory affidavits, Eyewitness News understands he only signed one such document last week.

Innocent Khuba was summarily dismissed on Wednesday, just a week after he pleaded guilty to dishonesty and defeating the ends of justice, for which he received a final written warning.

But last Friday he signed an affidavit in which he exonerated suspended Ipid head Robert Mcbride and a colleague of any involvement in altering the so-called 'Zimbabwe Rendition report'.

The pair are accused of editing the report to exonerate senior Hawks officials accused of carrying out the arrest and rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

Ipid's Grace Langa says Khuba provided two conflicting versions of events surrounding the Zimbabwe rendition report.

"We had two conflicting affidavits on the same incident. We don't know exactly what is the truth since we have two conflicting versions. "

However, two officials told Eyewitness News that former Limpopo Ipid head only signed the plea agreement with the employer, and days later the affidavit.

They say there is nothing in the plea which is contradictory to information in the affidavit which in fact corroborates his earlier supplementary affidavit in Mcbride's constitutional matter.

Eyewitness News is seeking further clarification from Ipid.