NPA confirms SIU head investigation

2011-07-11 19:07

Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Monday confirmed it received the docket about the investigation into Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Willie Hofmeyr.

The file came from the serious and economic offences unit in April, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement.

"The case docket is under consideration by the prosecutors in the director of public prosecution's North Gauteng office in Pretoria."

The investigation relates to alleged misappropriation of SIU funds and alleged flouting of supply chain and procurement procedures in awarding a tender to refurbish the unit's Pretoria offices.

"The investigation is still underway by the police and once such investigation is completed the prosecutors will consider the matter further," Mhaga said.

Earlier on Monday The Star reported the investigation involved procurement issues at the SIU, after its former chief financial officer Veronica Marshsmit was suspended and later resigned.

According to the report, Hofmeyr on Sunday confirmed he was under investigation.


"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," he was quoted as saying.

"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 SIU is involved in several serious investigations, among them a probe into police procurement procedures for new office space.

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

News of the investigation came days after claims that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was facing a probe for fraud and corruption.

Democratic Alliance justice spokesperson Debbie Schafer said there appeared to be a "sinister" motive for investigating Hofmeyr.

Her party would monitor the probe. "In this context, one cannot avoid the conclusion that there is a more sinister motive behind the police investigation into Willie Hofmeyr."

She said it seemed a case of "one too many" coincidences that both Hofmeyr and Madonsela, who is about to release her final report on the police headquarters lease scandal, were reported to be under investigation for procurement issues.

"Since the elimination of the Scorpions, the SIU and the public protector are in reality the only truly independent institutions that investigate high-level corruption. How ironic that they are now both the subject of police investigations."

  • Khalib - 2011-07-11 19:54

    Willie of all people!!!! Know him since school days at Nassau. How straight a person do you want! ANC Government employees cover-up again?

  • Nongoloza - 2011-07-11 20:06

    South Africa is on it's way out if the fat black cats of the ANC are allowed to carry on down this road. Every single african country was once under western, or at least civilized rule. The countries one by one were either taken by locals using force or they were given the country by the so called oppressors, and too date, not a single one has increased positively in any area whatsoever. South Africa will be no different.

      Dominic - 2011-07-11 21:14

      Botswana was never under colonial rule (not sure what you mean by "or civilized rule"), thus they don't have the same chip on their shoulder. They are one of Africa's success stories. Only Country in SADC to consistently challenge Mugabe over his abuse of power.

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-11 20:07

    Whether its a Puplic Protector or a Chief SIU investigator it does not matter! Our law enforcement agencies must act without fear or favour!!! We have learned the hard way from our police commissioner! Just because a person is a darling of whites because they are persuing black leadership only must not be our detterence from investigating the issue at hand! Why is it when crime is committed by those who appeal to be the exception in the eyes of whites must be regarded as just a consipiracy theory? I call on these two honourable members to take time off from their respectable offices until all these allegations are cleared! They are compromising the integrity of the offices they occupy!!

      will294 - 2011-07-11 20:15

      Then Zuma should also step down until the allegations surrounding bribes in the arms deal are cleared. But then he is above the law - particularly after his recent veiled threats to the judiciary not to involve themselves with politics. Whoever you are "Biko Lives", you show the reason why Africa will always be undemocratic. The population are not ready for democracy

      Nongoloza - 2011-07-11 20:21

      The sad thing is that many of you black sheep actually believe this nonsense, while you live in poverty, not knowing where your next meal will come from, your elected leaders live the high life. And all you can say, while your mother waits for her RDP house and your baby sits in the dirt with flies all over her is "its the white peoples fault" Wake up, educate yourself and set yourself free. The evil whites cannot help you with unlocking your slave mentality. Your guys sell your selves short by always playing the poor, disadvantaged victim.

      PMG - 2011-07-11 20:23

      @Biko the fool - They are persuing black leadership because they are all corrupt to the core,if they proceed with Hofmeyer and they end up in a legitimate court,the NPA will yet again be severly embarrassed.From Cape to Cairo all that black governance has produced is rape,murder,pillage,theft and corruption on a mega scale - or am I wrong?Compare Zimbabwe to Switzerlsnd and lets debate.What a total failure Africa is.

      O'forth - 2011-07-12 09:55

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Steve Biko Speech in Cape Town, 1971 Change your name or change your attitude, you are no rep for blackness or Steve Biko. "You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway." On Death, I Write What I Like, 1978

      Together - 2011-07-12 15:15

      I guess they could both go and join a golf club, right. Oh no - they haven't been diagnosed with fatal depression.. Please don't call yourself Biko - you have no idea how horrified he would be at the wasted billions while people struggle to live. If nothing else, the 6 million kids that have been let down by the new education system would break his heart.

  • amabok - 2011-07-12 08:44

    F*ck Zuma, Malema, Cele and the rest of the corrupt gangsters raping and pillaging this country. Will the real leaders please stand up!

  • Johan Alberts - 2011-07-12 09:00

    When rumour that public protector was being investigated emerged, we did not see the amount of noise that we see now. Who is Hofmeyr? dont worry, I will answer that question for you. He is a corrupt liar who likes playing the victim. he is not that innocent. There are questions that he should answer so leave the poor man to face law and answer for himself.

  • vangraan - 2011-07-12 09:39

    witch hunt........

  • a.bryanh - 2011-07-12 13:20

    TROUBLE in paradise,dont worry the cash will run out then you can abandon everything blame others and look for the next "opportunity"

  • umlaut - 2011-07-12 13:36

    "Since the elimination of the Scorpions, the SIU and the public protector are in reality the only truly independent institutions that investigate high-level corruption. How ironic that they are now both the subject of police investigations." And now the 'police' is investigating them----WHAT A JOKE.

  • Badballie - 2011-07-12 14:03

    Of course the only two truly independent institutions that investigate high level are under investigation by the Police, we already know that the HAWKs were declared unconstitutional and were supposed to be disbanded, but they are the only hope the corrupt commie loving ANC has to further cover up their activities. so we will have to disband them the old way

  • mdu_afrika - 2011-07-12 14:23

    Once again u guys are unable to look @ the matter without forming racially divided debate groups

      Together - 2011-07-12 15:21

      I don't view this as a racial question at all, mdu_afrika - two people have been singled out for "investigation" and they have many things in common: both upright, accountable, fearless, loyal to the law and dedicated to their jobs. The fact that they are different genders and colours is immaterial - they are facing a common enemy: lies, theft and cover-ups. The public has reacted to the Madonsela 'investigation' and suddenly it has gone away. It's in the public interest to react the same way to this 'investigation'. There are precious few people who are willing to protect 50 million South Africans' future - we should at least have the courage to surround and protect the brave few who stand up for us all.

  • Simon - 2011-07-12 19:31

    Hofmeyr says he expects to be treated fairly but did he treat me fairly when he stole my home from me after I had been found not guilty of methamphetamine drug crimes? He never presented a single piece of physical evidence nor did he present a single witness to testify against me. All he did was present unconfirmed pieces of paper and speculation coming from his legal team and he took my home, my cars, my furniture, my computers and everything he could get his hands on. As far as I am concerned he is a human rights criminal and a thief. What he did to me is violation of common law, Constitutional law, natural law and the most basic of human rights and now he expects to be treated fairly?

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