I was offered SIU job - Penzhorn

2013-07-29 15:39
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Johannesburg – A senior Durban advocate, who claims to have been offered the position as head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), said he heard nothing from the president after he was approached in February.

According to City Press, senior advocate Guido Penzhorn revealed during a keynote address, that President Jacob Zuma offered him the position of SIU head.

During the Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners conference, he said that he had accepted the offer, as he wanted to give back to his profession, City press reported.

Since the resignation of former Judge Willem Heath in December 2011, the SIU has been without a permanent head.

Advocate Nomvula Mokhatla has been acting as SIU head for the past 19 months.

“The fact that the president invited me to head the SIU speaks volumes to his commitment in fighting corruption in state institutions,” Penzhorn said.

“Since then, I have heard nothing from the justice department, who administers the appointment, and simply carried on with my practice. Whoever the president appoints, I wish him or her all the best in moulding the SIU into a tool to fight corruption.”

Penzhorn played a vital part in the prosecution of companies constructing the Katze Dam in Lesotho, who received million of rands worth of bribes.

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