SIU ‘lacks focus, suffers interference’

2015-03-09 00:00

“COMPLEX” investigations (by the SIU) can take an extended period of long time, which should be the only reason for delays, said Justice Project’s chairperson Howard Dembovsky.

“In general in the justice system there is no sense of urgency. A court matter can be delayed indefinitely.

“The justice cluster is under-capacitated and often junior and if they are investigating an issue of political sensitivity often their mandate can change to limit the scope of investigation. Our Constitution should read that some people are more equal than others,” said Dembovsky.

The SIU’s failure to bring cases to ­closure is because the organisation does not have proper oversight and lacks focus, said Glynnis Breytenbach, DA national spokesperson on justice and former ­National Prosecuting Authority advocate. In her view, the SIU “wastes time chasing issues that go nowhere”.

“Many corruption units cast a wide net over a wide terrain but should rather focus on a few key points. They lack focus and it is difficult for us to exercise oversight. They are not compelled to tell us what they are investigating”.

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