Fired SIU deputy reinstated

2013-05-03 08:44

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has announced the reinstatement of its deputy head Faiek Davids.

“After a careful review of the legal dispute between the SIU and its Deputy Head, Faiek Davids ... the parties have agreed to settle this dispute,” acting head Nomvula Mokhatla and Davids’s attorney, Sonia de Vries, said in a joint statement.

“It is clear to both parties that further pursuing of this matter will not serve either parties or the public interest.”

The two said this after Mokhatla consulted lawyers involved in the matter and took into account the evidence led at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), evidence available to the SIU, and the prospects of success.

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 complete breakdown of trust.

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the discovery of the controversial spy tapes that led to corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma being withdrawn in 2009.

The matter went to the CCMA and the Labour Court.

Mokhatla and Vries said Davids’s reinstatement was effective from December 1 2010 and he would be commencing his duties at the SIU shortly.

“The parties look forward to rebuilding the SIU and build on its successes in becoming an effective anti-corruption agency and appreciate Mr Davids’s willingness to be a part of this great opportunity.”

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