Former Hawks officials Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya are still facing criminal charges despite charges having been dropped in a related case against the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), Robert McBride. The pair are charged in relation to allegations that they were involved in the illegal rendition of several Zimbabweans, two of whom died on their return, allegedly at the hands of the Zimbabwean police. On Tuesday, a criminal case against three senior Ipid officers, for allegedly doctoring a report exonerating Sibiya and Dramat, was withdrawn in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court due to a lack of evidence. Dramat and Sibiya maintain that the allegations are a smokescreen. They said they were being targeted for the high-level investigations they were conducting. Dramat, who was Hawks head, left on an early retirement package but Sibiya, who was head of the Hawks in Gauteng, is fighting his dismissal in the Labour Court. McBride took his suspension to the...

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