SIU head Hofmeyr facing probe too

2011-07-11 08:35
Johannesburg - Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Willie Hofmeyr is the latest crime-fighter being probed, The Star reported on Monday.

The investigation was over procurement issues relating to the SIU after its former chief financial officer, Veronica Marshsmit, was suspended and later resigned.

Hofmeyr on Sunday confirmed that he was under investigation, the report said.

Asked why he was being probed, Hofmeyr said: "It is to be expected that there will be efforts to discredit those dealing with serious corruption, and this has happened in the past.

"One just has to be tough enough to deal with it when it happens.

"At the same time we are all equal before the law and I cannot expect to be given special treatment. But I expect to be treated fairly."

The National Prosecuting Authority declined to comment on Sunday night, the report said.

The SIU is involved in several serious investigations, among them a probe into police procurement procedures.

In March, Hofmeyr told MPs the SIU was probing 16 departments and public entities for fraud, graft and maladministration.

News of the investigation follows just days after claims that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was facing a criminal probe.

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