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Dramat rendition reports altered

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Allegedly incriminating evidence against suspended Hawks head Anwa Dramat was excised from an Ipid report investigating rendition claims, the Sunday Times reported.

According to an Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report dated January 22, 2012, Dramat was implicated in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans two years earlier.

However, in a final Ipid report dated March 18, 2014, references to evidence against him was excised.

The matter relates to the abduction and illegal deportation of at least four Zimbabweans.

Dramat, Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya and Hawks cross-border desk head Leslie “Cowboy” Maluleke were investigated in relation to the operation.

In the first report it was recommended that they all be charged criminally. According to the second report only Maluleke should be held accountable.

The first report includes phone records and a police statement that appears to incriminate Dramat.

During November 2010 and January 2011, several Zimbabweans were allegedly abducted and handed over to Zimbabwean police by their South African counterparts.

Zimbabwean security forces killed Witness Ndeya. Shepherd Tshuma was tortured and released. Prichard Tshuma is also believed to have been killed. Gordon Dube, who was suspected of involvement in the murder of Bulawayo serious fraud squad head Lawrence Chatikobo, was handed to Zimbabwe’s police.

In December last year, Dramat was suspended in connection with the 2010 renditions. In January, Sibiya faced the same fate.

Both their suspensions have subsequently been overturned by court rulings.

Maluleke told the Sunday Times he has as yet not been informed of any decision to charge him. SAPA

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