Heath too partisan to head SIU: Zille

2011-12-05 20:01

Cape Town - New SIU head Willem Heath's outspoken support for President Jacob Zuma shows he is too partisan to hold the post, DA leader Helen Zille said on Monday.

Zille said the Democratic Alliance had serious concerns about Heath's suitability when his appointment was announced last week.

These had been exacerbated by statements he made in an interview with City Press published on Sunday.

"It is clear from this interview that advocate Heath has involved himself in factional ANC politics and aligned himself politically on the side of President Jacob Zuma," Zille said.

"This raises serious questions as to whether he will be able to objectively and impartially conduct investigations into corruption at all levels of government."

The DA feared Zuma was trying to assert control over independent institutions in the run-up to the ANC's elective conference next year by placing people loyal to him in command of them, Zille said.

She said she would write to Zuma to ask his reasons for replacing Willie Hofmeyr, who led the Special Investigating Unit for nearly a decade, with Heath.

Heath told City Press that Zuma's rape trial five years ago had been marked by political meddling from then president Thabo Mbeki.

Political analyst Steven Friedman told Business Day the comments demonstrated that Heath "is not fit" to head the SIU.

  • Grant - 2011-12-05 20:23

    It is as obvious as the nose on the face of pinocchio that zooma is building a political stockade. Thank God for the DA and the Con Court (well so far at least, before zooma gets his hands on that as well)

  • Spyker - 2011-12-05 20:27

    There is though a far more disturbing report of the front page of BD. The targeting of the media (per se), but specifically targeting individual journalists, is by every measure the trait of a FASCIST STATE. I am amazed that ANC24 has not featured this story.., the again, perhaps I should not be... I fear, today, we are further from a democracy than what we have ever been - trust me, there are DARK DAYS ahead. We have only one of two choices: THE SUITCASE OR THE SWORD...

      Bob - 2011-12-06 08:19

      Well said!

  • Larry - 2011-12-05 20:29

    Zille is spot on. This guy can not be trusted. He has proven himself to be a JZ lackey and is swayed by the wallet.

      Fred - 2011-12-06 05:23

      Agreed, Heath has lost all moral authority and is no more than a lick spittle lackey of Zuma and his fellow gang members.

      Helmut - 2011-12-06 08:56

      I agree. He is there to line his pockets and to polish Zuma's halo (or is that shower head?). Heath, Maharaj, Cele, the Shaik clan.....the list goes on.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 20:41

    Well this just shows what I always say. The ANC has gathered a whole lot of corrupt whites around them as well. Corruption in this country isn't only a black disease. Carte Blanche a few weeks ago showed us what is going on with tenders and every black politician in trouble, runs off to a white lawyer to aid and abet their corruption, at a fee of course.

      Riaan - 2011-12-05 22:59

      That's what lawyers do, you chop. Somebody needs to defend these cretins. I'm just surprised your black brothers don't trust black lawyers to get them off.

  • Michael - 2011-12-05 20:45

    is there anyone in Government that the public would refer to as an "upstanding citizen"?

      Lara - 2011-12-05 21:10

      Homer Simpson, Minister of Beer and Relaxation

  • Cracker - 2011-12-05 21:22

    Willem Heath must clarify his connection with Brett Kebble. What is it that he made payments on behalf of Brett Kebble? Heath's own words in the interview as reported by City Press. He also needs to explain why he was against the Scorpions when the issue was in the limelight a few years ago. He did not then give substantial reasons but he did go on national radio with his views against the Scorpions.

  • Joseph - 2011-12-05 21:53

    No one is clean in politics,The DA`s western cape governmant fire Dr Charlse Mdqoki because they believe he was loyal to ANC than the DA.All senior positions in DA run governmant are loyal to the DA worse part they are all white were as the ANC has black and white individual.Hellen Zille can not claim to holly.

      Cracker - 2011-12-05 22:03

      Heath is not supposed to be a politician. But since he is now acting like one he should be judged also as one and taken out of the position that is supposed to be non-partisan. But whichever yardstick one prefers to apply, he MUST explain his connection to Brett Kebble and his opposition to the Scorpions.

      colin.dovey - 2011-12-06 23:14


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