SIU gets yet another acting boss

2011-12-21 14:45

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has replaced the acting head of the special investigating unit (SIU), Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, after less than a week in the job.

Zuma said in a statement she would be replaced by the deputy national director of public prosecutions, Advocate Nomvula Mokhatla, as acting head.

No reasons are given for the sudden change.

Jiba was appointed last week after Advocate Willem Heath, who had been in the job less than two weeks, resigned following remarks he made to City Press about former president Thabo Mbeki’s alleged involvement in prosecuting Zuma.

Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said there were no “profound” reasons for Zuma’s decision to replace Jiba.

“The appointment was temporary and until further notice. There is nothing in the law that stops the president from making temporary appointments,” he said.

There is also nothing in the law that compelled him to do so, Maharaj said.


A sarcastic Maharaj said that Jiba might have been replaced because she could have decided to go on holiday.

Jiba’s appointment raised eyebrows because of her history.

She was suspended from the NPA in 2007 for allegedly assisting the police in its campaign to save former police chief Jackie Selebi from prosecution, but fought her suspension.

Her temporary appointment was announced last week by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, but Mokhatla’s appointment on Wednesday was announced by Zuma himself.

Mokhatla has served in the litigation unit of the justice department.

She practised as an advocate at the Pretoria and Johannesburg bars before that.

  • Blossom - 2011-12-21 14:51

    What next? Gee whizz!

  • jacques.c.smit - 2011-12-21 14:53

    Just as I thought Zuma came right and started liking him (to an extent), he brings religion into it, and just became an idiot, ALL OVER. Banana republic, it official and it's ruled by a turtle, a ninja turtle

      Phuti - 2011-12-21 15:25

      Go to Europe & tell a differernt story;remember this is Africa.

      Ari - 2011-12-21 15:47

      Phuti, go back to the funeral parlour.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-21 14:53

    WHO CARES...Just another idiot in an idiot chair.

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-29 13:40

      And for the price of two eejits - they still paying the other one!!

  • Chris - 2011-12-21 15:03

    Time to demand of Luthuli House that the bring Jacobs Zuma up on disciplinary charges for bring the country into disrepute to say nothing of what he is doing to the ANC.

  • maniza.ahoua - 2011-12-21 15:05

    I am very offended by zuma statement, i am still trying for figure out why he made such statement

      Sharmay - 2011-12-21 15:19

      which one? Christianity?

  • hannelene.mostert - 2011-12-21 15:22

    It irritates the hell out of me when the media misrepresent certain information. I get an News 24 Breaking news alert with the topic - "Acting SIU boss fired after less than a week". I immediatedly click on the article only to find out that President Zuma has appointed the replacement for Willem Heath. So this person was not fired - he was acting until a new person was appointed. Stop blowing thing out of preportion and report only the news!!!! You do not have to tell lies to sell your stories!!!!

      hannelene.mostert - 2011-12-21 15:58

      It is clear that the News 24 is either trying to cover their lousy workmanship or they are playing games with the public. When I clicked on the link of their Breaking news alert now, the article is different from the one that I commented on above. Why the change in article News 24? What happened to the other article????

      kgomotso.radise - 2011-12-29 00:09

      That’s media24 for you! Distortion of information as they say: “Bad news is good news"

  • Tiyani Will Nghonyama - 2011-12-21 15:24

    Our government makes me laugh, such clowns!

  • Tiyani Will Nghonyama - 2011-12-21 15:24

    Our government makes me laugh, such clowns!

  • Ashley - 2011-12-21 15:48

    Can't I be the Head of the Special Investigating Unit, I'm qualified enough, i read most of the Sherlock Holmes novels......WITH PICTURES.

  • Brian - 2011-12-21 16:13

    Another well-thought out appointment by the Zuma/Radebe duo!!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-21 16:59

    Primed for a fall, watch this space carefully. Here is a build up about to happen, one which the presidents advisors have undoubtedly decided to plot and plan. An orchestration with an expendable king pin. Not so difficult to see that the plot thickens, as the South African political circus begins to act out another hilarious comedy. If has us all laughing, but "AG-Nou-Ja" if only it was funny.

      AyGeewils - 2011-12-29 13:45

      Yes - nothing funny about a rudderless ship when you are in the bowels of it!

  • Andries - 2011-12-21 17:16

    News 24 you are as inaccurate in reporting as Zuma is in facta about those he appoints.

      Andries - 2011-12-21 17:23


  • Thabo - 2011-12-21 22:02

    Not again!

  • Gwen - 2011-12-22 08:39

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • Mbeko - 2011-12-22 08:48

    ...go take an early "shower" adv jiba !

  • kgomotso.radise - 2011-12-29 00:04

    Our judicial system cannot afford the copy and paste soupy actors. The system itselves is really weaken as it is. The likes of Bulelane are not founded

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