IPID head of investigation to testify at state capture inquiry

Former Ipid head of investigations Matthew Sesoko, Ipid head Robert McBride and former head of Ipid in Limpopo Innocent Khuba outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court after the state withdrew fraud charges against them. (File, Mpho Raborife, News24)
Former Ipid head of investigations Matthew Sesoko, Ipid head Robert McBride and former head of Ipid in Limpopo Innocent Khuba outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court after the state withdrew fraud charges against them. (File, Mpho Raborife, News24)

National head of investigation in the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Matthews Sesoko and Limpopo provincial head of IPID Innocent Khuba are expected to testify at the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture when it resumes on Wednesday.

Khuba was the lead investigator in the so-called Zimbabwe rendition matter and was, according to former head of IPID Robert McBride, allegedly asked to "falsely implicate" him and Sesoko, McBride had testified before the commission in April.

News24 reported that Khuba was suspended on May 21, 2015, along with McBride and Sesoko on allegations of altering the investigation report into the Zimbabwe rendition with McBride and Sesoko. He was later dismissed by Israel Kgamanyane, who acted in McBride's position during his suspension.

READ | Incorrect report used to suspend former Hawks head Anwa Dramat - state capture inquiry hears

There were two contradictory reports into the rendition matter. One was a preliminary report which recommended that former Hawks head Anwa Dramat and former Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya be prosecuted, while a final report, signed by McBride after he took office in 2014 was also signed by Khuba and Sesoko and found that evidence related to Sibiya could not support prosecution.

Further investigations revealed there was no element of crime committed relating to Dramat in the rendition case.

READ | IPID investigator told to 'falsely implicate' McBride, Zondo commission hears

McBride claimed then Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko used the preliminary report to suspend Dramat, who was later forced into early retirement.

Nhleko then tasked Werksman Attorneys, a private law firm, to probe the two IPID reports. The Werksman report was then used to institute criminal charges against McBride and two other investigators in the rendition case.

During his testimony, McBride said he stood by the second IPID report and that he was adamant that no court in South Africa would ever be able to convict generals Sibiya or Dramat in relation to the so-called rendition case.

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