Charges against Dramat, Sibiya & Maluleke explained

The decision to charge the trio is in connection with the rendition of Zimbabwean nationals in 2010.

FILE: The disciplinary hearing of Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya for his involvement in the 2010 rendition of several Zimbabweans started in Pretoria on 10 June 2015. Picrure: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says the decision to institute charges against former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat, Major General Shadrack Sibiya and Captain Lesley Maluleke comes after the careful consideration of evidence presented to it.

Yesterday the DPP announced its decision to prosecute the trio in connection with the illegal rendition of four Zimbabwean nationals in 2010.

The foreigners were wanted in connection with the murder of a police officer in Bulawayo when a plan for their arrest and deportation was devised, allegedly by the three officers.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Luvuyo Mfaku says multiple charges have been brought against the trio.

"Charges of kidnapping, defeating the ends of justice, illegal deportation in terms of the Immigration Act."

Maluleke also faces three counts of robbery for items allegedly stolen from the deported Zimbabwean nationals.

Mfaku says talks are now underway to determine a suitable court date.

"Arrangements are underway…"

The three are expected to appear in court within two weeks.