SIU deputy head resigns

2013-11-14 15:25

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Johannesburg - Special Investigating Unit (SIU) deputy head Faiek Davids has resigned, the unit said on Thursday.

His resignation was with effect from 31 December.

"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 1 October 2013," the SIU said in a statement.

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following the discovery of the so-called spy tapes that led to corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma being withdrawn in 2009.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 his reinstatement in May this year, with effect from 1 December 2010.

Read more on:    siu  |  jacob zuma  |  faiek davids  |  willie hofmeyr  |  police

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