SA denies report

South Africa’s priority crimes unit have denied being part of a deadly deal with its Zimbabwean counterparts, which resulted in the murder of ‘suspects’ sent across the border.

According to a special report by South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper, senior officials in the Hawks and the police are conducting illegal ‘renditions’ with Zimbabwean police.

The newspaper reported this weekend that South Africa’s Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, is sitting on explosive reports, listing at least three deaths allegedly as the result of a ‘renditions’ operation led by officers reporting to Hawks boss, Anwa Dramat, and Gauteng police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros.

The Sunday Times said it has evidence that Zimbabwean, Witness Ndeya, who was suspected of shooting a policeman in his country, was “renditioned” by the Hawks and then murdered, apparently by Zimbabwean police. Ndeya was arrested, along with his nephew and two friends, for being “illegal immigrants” last November.

In a sworn statement by one of the four, Shepard Tshuma, they were all taken to the Beitbridge border by South African police and handed over to Zimbabwean officials who “told us that we are under arrest for the murder of police officers”.

Tshuma and Ndeya were detained at a Bulawayo police station before the former was released a week later. Tshuma said that a few days later the Zimbabwean police told the family that Witness Ndeya was “killed by other police officers.” Ndeya’s death certificate reportedly confirmed he died at Hippo Valley Farm in Bulawayo, with the cause of death listed as “multiple gunshot wounds”.

Hawks boss Dramat has confirmed that Ndeya and his companions were “all arrested as illegal immigrants” and were “deported.”

According to the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, about 150 Zimbabweans at a refugee reception office in Musina were rounded up by defence forces member and taken across the border.

“We condemn very strongly what has happened,” CoRMSA’s Alfani Yoyo said.

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