SIU head Hofmeyr facing probe too

2011-07-11 08:35

Johannesburg - Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Willie Hofmeyr is the latest crime-fighter being probed, The Star reported on Monday.

The investigation was over procurement issues relating to the SIU after its former chief financial officer, Veronica Marshsmit, was suspended and later resigned.

Hofmeyr on Sunday confirmed that he was under investigation, the report said.

Asked why he was being probed, Hofmeyr said: "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.

"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 National Prosecuting Authority declined to comment on Sunday night, the report said.

The SIU is involved in several serious investigations, among them a probe into police procurement procedures.

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

News of the investigation follows just days after claims that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was facing a criminal probe.

  • SuperCal - 2011-07-11 08:39

    You go Willie

      willieman - 2011-07-11 09:39

      It is clear now that the organs of state are been attact by sinister.Is the police forces been run by mafias now

      Kevin - 2011-07-11 09:41

      Hold out Willie. Before you get pushed out, take some of these useless thick thugs down. The only way they can have anything is by stealing it so they should be easy to catch.

  • thickness - 2011-07-11 08:46

    this is the same as the bulelani ncuka saga. they want to get rid of all credible ppl so they can continue looting state funds!

      Democrat2011 - 2011-07-13 12:28

      Hayi bo! Bulelani Ngcuka being counted amongst credible people? Thickness, I don't know where you live, but you cannot count that man amongst credible people. You know how rich that man is now? You know the secret "off the record" meetings he had with discredited editors? Do you know the plans he hatched with his friend TM to nail JZ, despite him knowing who was involved and got bribed for the arms deal? He wasted millions of taxpayers money trying to prosecute JZ, while knowing that TM was the one involved in the arms deal together with Modise and Hlongwane. Now you want to label that man credible? Out of your mind!!

  • panafricanis - 2011-07-11 08:50

    History teaches us even those who are fighting crime themselves can be corrupt, the recent case of the Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi proved that fact, now its good that even this Willie Hofmeyer guy get investigated, if he does not have hand in the cookie jar then he should not be worried.

      daaivark - 2011-07-11 09:10

      Willie Hofmeyer is not ANC? Ahem. DO your research. He is one of the old guard, and someone whom I greatly respect.

      DeonL - 2011-07-11 09:26

      Cele is going the same way as Selebi.

      piney - 2011-07-11 11:38

      @ Daaivark ... then you should be aware of what Willie's wife does for a living. He's just as rotten as his ANC buddies, but much, much smarter.

      Uthando - 2011-07-11 11:44

      panafricanis - I agree with you 100%!

      umlaut - 2011-07-11 12:41

      @panafricanis-@-Jackie Selebe wasn't fighting crime, ever. He was to busy attending to crime.

      daaivark - 2011-07-11 14:58

      And what relevance has a man's wife's profession, pray? Don't be ridiculous.

      dee-k - 2011-07-11 16:34

      please do not even start to insult Willie, you know nothing about him, I worked with the guy and he is one of the few honest top guys I know, and besides, he is innocent untill proven guilty.

      nzs - 2011-07-11 18:04

      Piney, So, what does Hofmeyr's wife do for a living? Tell now, or shut the f*** up!

      tryanything - 2011-07-11 18:22

      Panafricanis I really dont think selebi or cele know anything about police work never have.

      Pacifist - 2011-07-11 18:54

      I see nothing wrong with panafricanis statement. I think people concern isn't that willie is been investigated, just that if he's charged with corruption there might not be someone else to take his place. Corruption never really disappears it reduces to a certain level. If he's corrupt we can only hope the next guy will be less corrupt. It's possible... after all willie is there!

      Yoni - 2011-07-11 19:43

      He's a chinless wonder, that why's he's being probed.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-11 08:51

    I just love South Africa...

      tiotudg - 2011-07-11 09:10

      Moet egter nie so seker wees dat suid-Afrika jou bemin nie - ons geliefde SA mors met ons en ons geld - biljoene in die drein af - waar eindig dit alles? Wie betaal? Ek en jy.

  • Vicker - 2011-07-11 08:53

    This is the ANC way - they learnt well from their Commie teachers...Hang in there Willie!!!

      cerveza - 2011-07-11 09:28

      @Vicker - please explain how this is communist "teaching"? Or are you so scared of the Commies that you have to try and badmouth them every chance you get, or do you merely not understand what communism is but still respond the way you were taught by tour Apartheid teachers...? Read a bit of history and you see Willie Hofmeyr was involved with unions, the UDM and the ANC from the 70's and have been jailed by the anti-communist government of that time

      George12 - 2011-07-11 09:33

      Vicker, I believe that earlier history will remind you of a State security organ, acronym BOSS. George

      daaivark - 2011-07-11 10:23

      Ans so, George? Relevance?

      daaivark - 2011-07-11 10:24

      Sorry, "and".

      Azizi - 2011-07-11 10:43

      What would @Vicker and @daaivark know the only read 'Die Huisgenoot'?

      daaivark - 2011-07-11 14:24

      Good Grief, Azizi: With respect I don't think I have ever read a page of Die Huisgenoot. What are you talking about? And how on earth do you connect my position with that of Vickers? Can you read? Do we use the same language?

      WarPig - 2011-07-11 21:18

      @cerveza. As an apparent commie yourself you should know all about commie teachings you tool!

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  • cj - 2011-07-11 08:59

    This government, under Zuma, has bcome a complete shambles. We are now a banana free for all, not even banana republic. In fact, when ordinary people have to begin to fear the security agencies, such has become the case, it is arguable that we do not even really have a State, just a ruling mafia that takes as much of out money as it can get.

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-07-11 09:33

      The trick is to make sure all your money is out of the country before they can take it.

      Uthando - 2011-07-11 11:46

      cj - That's why we need the likes of Thuli Mandonsela to wead out the bad rubbish, including Hofmeyer, if he's one of those rubbish thieves.

      tryanything - 2011-07-11 18:24

      And the bananas they are feenished too

      Raymond - 2011-07-11 19:58

      Every citizen should be wearing a yellow T-Shirt with a Banana printed on the front.Printed at the bottom should read 'The Banana Republic Of South Africa'-not long to go now.

  • Atoombom - 2011-07-11 09:03

    Dis die geval waar Klaas weet hy het drooggemaak. Nou moet Klaas vir Baas ondersoek om hom te probeer discredit. Tipies ANC breindood mentaliteit. Baas Willie moet vir Klaas ANC een helse pak gee

      allie - 2011-07-11 09:09

      Is`nt there a way we as the taxpaying public can support these crimefighters?We can`t allow these people to be bullied by the state.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-11 09:45

      @allie: Then you will be vitimised and probed! Can't withold your taxes either!

      umlaut - 2011-07-11 12:47

      @-allie-@- Yes Allie, if we can get all to vote the anc out then we can support the crime fighters.

  • c1 - 2011-07-11 09:09

    Corruption is the lifeblood of the SAPS big cheeses, how else can they afford the booz? The guys at the bottom of the food chain, like that Jannie-Winnie incident is a prime example. She was out of line yet is walking away scotfree... AGENT I tell you, AGENT!

  • Rocky_III - 2011-07-11 09:24

    Cele is a corrupt criminal and is taking all of these mafia type actions to protect his boss, Zuma, and himself. He is to stupid to see just how transparent it is to the rest of the world.

      umlaut - 2011-07-11 13:29

      Rocky_3-@- He is very clever- he is openly scaring all that may be against the Gang. We are all too scared even to bend over and fasten our shoes ----we may get probed. He is openly abusing his powers and NO one can do anything about it, and that is also scary. He is showing off how powerful the anc is and you must be scared of them.

  • juan.coetzee - 2011-07-11 09:29

    Ironically, we have Don Cele, (he of the mafia-style tailoring), blatantly caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but no SIU inquiry. Sounds like the SIU is a political organization, and has nothing to do with real law enforcement.

      tryanything - 2011-07-11 18:25

      Maybe we can get the real mafia to help us.Plenty of them living here..

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-07-11 09:31

    The sad thing is that being a fair and just man in an ANC run country, is like being a snow ball in hell, eventually you will burn just for being what you are.

  • - 2011-07-11 09:31

    Willie for president! No place for crime here.

      Yoni - 2011-07-11 19:44

      No chance, too white. Ask Trevor, also too white.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-11 09:34

    Imagine if this secrecy bill has been passed already--the anc would have had a royal time FRAMING everybody left right and centre that dared to investigate their corruption, (no questions allowed to be asked) . It seems that they don't need that bill the way they interfere with the justice system. Their dictatorship characteristcs are coming through load and clear and the world can take note of the monster that they helped to create and that they support. The anc wants to protect and prevent investigations into their alledged criminal deeds. If the anc was an honest party they would welcome ANY investigations into their activities and no one would be able to proof that they are guilty. Now we all know they want to hide the facts and any body who dares to investigate them will be prosecuted for something--even if it is just for not brushing their teeth in the mornings. We have here a gangster group terrorising the legal system and the citizens- God save South Africa--alone we don't stand a chance against this evil. This is a government to fear,... not to respect as leaders for a prosperous future, even for their own black people. The next person to be probed would be Bishop Tutu if he is question the tactics of the anc.

  • Ross - 2011-07-11 09:42

    Due to my age I am unable to emigrate. To those that can leave this sinking ship and save your and your families future.

  • GT - 2011-07-11 09:47

    Anyonbe who has read Many Weiners excellent book "Killing Kebble" will get the best insight into how corrupt, self-serving and untrustworthy or top cops are. It is a disgrace that the president has done nothing in all his time to curb these out of line people. They should all be in prison, but NOTHING has been done, so the corruption and abuse of resources continues.

      Charlie - 2011-07-11 11:29

      zuma is just as corrupt as the rest of them...why would he do anything about it???

      Eric West - 2011-07-11 11:47

      Zuma is more into partying, making babies and wasting R64m of our tax money on his mud hut in Nkandla. R64m is more than the price of the most expensive mansion in Sandhurst!!

      Raymond - 2011-07-11 20:02

      The so-called President can't do anything.'The Best Of thieves Are The Worst Of Enemies'

  • Hugh - 2011-07-11 09:47

    So Wille the bum kisser, supporter of the UDM and other activist cadre from the 70's has become an emabarassment to the ANC. This despite his support for the Scorpions to be disbanded and helping get Zuma off the hook.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-11 09:50

    The anc has a "nice" system going here--the people investigating crimes attached to the anc will be 'probed'--so they will be prevented from continuing their normal duties and they will not be allowed to be at office. The anc then 'places' a temporary co-operative puppet in their place who will ensure that all material and evidence will be scrutinized and removed if need be. After 6 months the 'offenders' will be dared to present evidence and they will be made out to be fools in the eye of the public, because all evidence had been tampered with.

      ANCockup - 2011-07-11 10:19

      Wonder if its anal probing?

  • Bok Fan - 2011-07-11 10:12

    Do these anc mafiosi think they can operate like a bunch of shebeen owner/taxidrivers running wild through OUR democracy. They are going to pay big time when the hour of reckoning comes.

  • pj - 2011-07-11 10:47

    In the absence of the SA Police service making known who has authorised the investigations into Thuli Madonsela and Willie Hofmeyr the only conclusion one can draw is that 'they' are hoping to discredit those two. The only purpose of such investigations, unless there are extremely good grounds to waste State resources on such frivolous witch hunts, is to try and protect the people who have been on the receiving end of their very good work. The fact that nothing is made known about who has initiated those investigations simply confirms the public perception that SA Police management are corrupt. Anything (except for espionage against a foreign enemy) that is done and cannot be made known is suspect. Unfortunately there is too much which ANC members are involved in that remains secret because it is wrong. This is the reason why the ANC proposed the Information Act because they are a mob in which thievery by a colleague is acceptable. Zuma is scared to face trial, Yengeni, Shaik, Boesak, Mbeti are among the high profile cases and there are many others

      Muzi - 2011-07-11 12:45

      @pj: get on with the program broer. Justice minister publicly said Mandonsela probe was sanctioned by the justice department and was closed. Hence she was not arrested. I think we really need a media tribunal like the UK suddenly realised media self regulation does not work. Its unfortunate that as human beings we are enable to hold the high standards we set for ourselves and others. The media is law to themselves....

  • biskit - 2011-07-11 11:02

    Don't go down without a fight

  • nic69ers - 2011-07-11 11:04

    Haha!! Hes being probed!! I hope they use lube!!

  • Muzi - 2011-07-11 12:40

    Ja neh... SA. beacuse its a white man most assume his innocence!

  • ZACKIE - 2011-07-11 13:38

    dont steal from the anc govt they hate competition..more dirty tricks from anc

  • v3 - 2011-07-11 13:56

    Adv Hofmeyr was involved in one of the most serious cases of defeating the ends of justice this country has known, when he and accomplice Mpshe made an incorrect finding to enable presidential hopeful Jacob Zuma evade 783 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering, racketeering, etc. It is noticeable that his unit has not gone after any of the ANC "connected so protected" - how J Malema, on a party organiser's salary (his only employer has ever been the ANC & YL) amassed so much wealth, for instance. If he is to be "investigated" his role in this miscarriage of justice is a good place to begin. Since he is neither fit nor proper to hold the position, there is always a chance his replacement will be another Madonsela (although I think Jake 783 will take more care this time)

  • Jeffery - 2011-07-11 20:16

    Strange that senior investigative figures are all being targeted now first the Public Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela now Hofmeyr.

  • WarPig - 2011-07-11 21:14

    The Gestapo lives on.

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