SIU deputy Faiek Davids resigns just months after reinstatement

2013-11-14 17:08

The man who was fired from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in 2010 for allegedly backing former president Thabo Mbeki for ANC president has resigned from the unit.

SIU deputy head Faiek Davids was reinstated in May this year.

His resignation is effective from December 31.

“Mr Davids has served the unit with dedication for many years. The head of the unit, Vas Soni, will especially miss the support he received from Mr Davids since he [Soni] took office on October 1 2013,” the SIU said .

Family commitments played an important role in the decision, and Davids also wanted to pursue opportunities outside the unit.

“The SIU sends its deep appreciation to Mr Davids for his dedication and commitment to the unit and its aspirations, and takes this opportunity to wish him everything of the best in his future.”

Former SIU boss Willie Hofmeyr fired Davids in 2010, reportedly citing incompatibility and loss of trust and confidence.

In a letter addressed to Davids in October 2010, Hofmeyr reportedly highlighted events that apparently raised his and many other senior staffers’ ire and led to a breakdown in trust.

Hofmeyr noted a systematic breakdown following the discovery of the so-called spy tapes that led to corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma being withdrawn in 2009.

The matter went to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and the labour court. The SIU announced Davids’ reinstatement in May this year, with effect from December 1 2010.

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