Zuma mum on Heath concerns

2011-12-09 14:43

kalahari.com

  • Zuma Exposed
    This book exposes Jacob Zuma, in such a way that he would not want you or anyone else to read it. Now R189.00
    buy now

Johannesburg - The presidency will not comment now on concerns over the appointment of Willem Heath as Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on Friday.

"The president's position is that he was looking into the matter," he said.

Concerns were voiced over the appointment after Heath told the City Press that Thabo Mbeki, former president and political rival to Jacob Zuma, initiated rape and corruption charges against Zuma.

Maharaj said: "Matters arising from the interview raised certain concerns and he therefore decided to look into the matter and he will take everything into consideration."

Zuma would discuss the matter with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Maharaj said.

Earlier on Friday, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) welcomed reports that Zuma would look into the matter after finding Heath's comments "disturbing" for a person appointed to head the SIU.

Bias

"Heath's comments... adversely reflect on the integrity and credibility of a former head of state and cannot be condoned under any circumstances," Nadel said in a statement.

"The statements... amount to his expression of his personal opinion on matters that fall within the purview of his new office."

Nadel said independence and impartiality were as much a matter of perception as of reality.

"Making such statements in public, regardless of the subject matter or to whom they are directed, shows a lack of appreciation of the necessity that no perception of bias could ever be attributed to the head of the SIU."

At the very least, Heath should publicly withdraw the statements, Nadel said.

The corruption charges against Zuma and arms company Thint were dropped, and Zuma was acquitted on the rape charge.

Since his appointment, the Congress of the People called Heath "too risky" and the Democratic Alliance said he was "too partisan".

The Inkatha Freedom Party, African Christian Democratic Party, and the African National Congress were happy that he was back.

Heath had headed a previous SIU during Mbeki's tenure but resigned when it was declared that, as a practising judge, he could not do so.

- SAPA

Read more on:    siu  |  nadel  |  willem heath  |  thabo mbeki  |  jacob zuma  |  jeff radebe
NEXT ON NEWS24X

The rich will pay - Mpofu

44 minutes ago

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
29 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

The rich will pay - Mpofu

The EFF in Gauteng will focus all its energy on improving the lives of the poor, the party's premier candidate Dali Mpofu says.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Watch what happened when we blindfolded Helen Zille and asked her to eat random things
13 days to elections - news you need to know
11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Century City - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Ratanga Road Southbound
    ROADWORKS - lane closure between Ocean Spirit Avenue and Century Boulevard (until mid April)
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Spine Road
    ROAD CLOSED between Weltevreden Drive and Seafarer Drive due to roadworks (until mid April)
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Mother’s Day special offers!

Spoil mom with these awesome specials that will warm her heart. Shop now!

Twisp – the smoking alternative

Buy any 2 refills for R250 and save R149. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Mother’s Day specials on appliances

Browse our range of Mother’s Day appliances to spoil and pamper mom. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E7

Your mobile office Real-time emails with Mail for Exchange. Easy access to...

From R3499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be more sensitive today and can be influenced easily by the energies around you. Try not to be swayed too much by the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.