Public deserves more from ‘significantly underperforming’ SIU

2013-11-20 08:54

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Former deputy Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Faiek Davids has said the unit is not performing according to expectations.

Davids, who resigned from the unit last week, said the SIU should put the interests of the public above those of management, The Times reported today.

“[The SIU is] significantly under-performing ... the country expects more than what [it] is currently doing,” he said.

Former SIU boss Willie Hofmeyr fired Davids in 2010, citing incompatibility and loss of trust and confidence.

City Press reported he was fired for allegedly backing former president Thabo Mbeki for ANC president.

Davids was reinstated in May this year.

He resigned little more than a month after Vas Soni was appointed head of the unit.

Davids denied that his decision to resign was because Soni had allegedly sidelined him, and said he had confidence in the SIU head’s leadership.

He said that on his return to the SIU he found that “the governance framework had not been respected”.

“Key positions were not being filled and the organisation was talking about operational strategy that was not being implemented,” Davids told the newspaper.

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