Prince Mokotedi to preside over Moses Dlamini hearing

McBride and two co-accused allegedly altered the rendition report to clear Hawks officials of the crime.

Prince Mokotedi. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed Gauteng Hawks head Prince Mokotedi has been appointed presiding officer in the disciplinary hearing of the directorate's suspended spokesperson Moses Dlamini, raising further concerns of a purge at the police watchdog.

Dlamini is accused of leaking information to the media about the alleged irregular appointment of deputy police minister Maggie Sotyu's daughter to Ipid.

While Dlamini's charges are unrelated to the Zimbabwe rendition matter he is perceived as being a close ally of the directorate's suspended head Robert McBride.

McBride and two co-accused allegedly altered the rendition report to clear senior Hawks officials of the crime, including former Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya.

Mokotedi who resigned from the National Prosecuting Authority before he could face a disciplinary hearing for alleged misconduct replaced Sibiya as the unit's provincial head after Sibiya was fired.

He will now be presiding over a hearing of an employee seen as being close to McBride.

Ipid's Robbie Raburabu downplayed concerns of a potential conflict of interest, saying such matters should be raised at the disciplinary hearing.

The hearing starts today.