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SIU going downhill: DA

2012-10-17 20:02

Cape Town - Audit results show the Special Investigating Unit is in decline following the departure of long-time head Willie Hofmeyr, the DA claimed on Wednesday.

Democratic Alliance MP Debbie Schafer said the problems pointed to a lack of good leadership following Hofmeyr's exit late last year.

"It is clear that the SIU, which in the previous financial year had its best year ever under the leadership of Adv Willie Hofmeyr, is on a downward slide," said Schafer.

"This regression is a direct result of the president removing Hofmeyr, still with no reason having been given by him, and replacing him with somebody who is more intent on driving a political agenda than running the unit."

The Auditor General's report has faulted the SIU for failing to report on its strategic objectives, submitting its strategic plan late, and failing to put in place a performance management policy.

Schafer also noted lapses in complying with policy in procuring temporary staff and employing consultants, and problems with information technology systems. She suggested there might be a sinister reason why president Jacob Zuma had yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Hofmeyr.

"The fact that Adv Nomvula Mokhatla is still managing the unit in an acting position after 10 months shows that the president is at best unconcerned, but more likely is actively participating in undermining the fight against corruption by failing to take decisive action to fill the position with an independent and suitably qualified individual."

Comments
  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-17 20:17

    Well done DA, please continue to keep these thieves in check.The president avoids a debate with Mrs Zielle,his side kick mac maharaj could surely find a beter excuse to avoid the debate.Someday the masses of South Africa would wake up and vote with their heads.

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-17 21:29

      The truth remains the truth if it comes from a black or white man or from the DA

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-10-17 21:45

      What do you think this shower-head will say. Nothing! Because he is the most corrupted president this continent and RSA has ever seen. They cANCer are all thief's!!!

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-10-17 22:40

      Hofmeyr is an ANC man. Why would DA want him back?

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-18 08:06

      Hendrik, he does the job. Never mind which party he is from. That is the difference between the DA and the anc.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-18 08:07

      The point is that positions should be filled based on abilities, not who you are.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-18 08:40

      When the cats away the mice will play. Of course zuma wants to SIU to fall by the way side. He is most likely one of their prime investigation suspects.

  • lsfreak - 2012-10-17 20:20

    And the point been... That carpet in the Zuma house is gettin a bit higher, I see why he needs the R250mil upgrade :/

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-17 20:24

    Hahahahahaa

      art5SA - 2012-10-18 13:06

      Yep Johann... thats about all we can do.... (Laughs with Johann) HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!

  • SharonE - 2012-10-17 20:26

    Why did Jacob remove him? As the old expression goes: "If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it" Unless he wanted to break it....

      art5SA - 2012-10-18 13:07

      Jacob wants to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.... Gwede and the BRAIN! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!

  • lalas.dau - 2012-10-17 20:30

    I work at the unit, whatever the woman is sayings is not correct at all. I think it is time people judge one another based on their achievement in office, not the colour f their skin.

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-10-17 20:38

      If they employ people like you who play the race card immediately and ignore the facts it's no wonder the unit is in decline. Here are most of the facts since you clearly missed them 1st time round The Auditor General's report has faulted the SIU for failing to report on its strategic objectives, submitting its strategic plan late, and failing to put in place a performance management policy. Schafer also noted lapses in complying with policy in procuring temporary staff and employing consultants, and problems with information technology systems.

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-18 06:21

      The womans name is Helen Zille say it. Remember this 'woman' stood shoulder to shoulder against apartheid and she is NOT a racist. Some/most departments cannot work without supervision. fact!

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-10-17 20:56

    And another institution joins the Zuma disaster zone. He's building quite a collection. It's almost impossible to believe the damage this man has done to SA. We need liberation from the ANC, soon.

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-10-17 20:57

    good riddance to bad rubbish! his appointment was a mistake anyway! he is white for heavens sake! hao!

      lsfreak - 2012-10-17 21:02

      And still done a good jod ;)

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-17 22:12

      I was going to be VERY rude to you in reply to your idiotic statement, but decided that since you only have half a brain, you would not understand. This mindless, stupid stance is soooo typical of the ignorant, mentality of the hoards that toyi toyi beacuse its fun to dance. Think for yourself for once, please.

  • Juan - 2012-10-18 03:23

    Well done to President JZ in screwing up another arm of justice. He managed to turn the police into a mafia like force as well. How do one reward a president for such incompetency, let's nominate him for a second term!!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-18 06:16

    Everything in South Africa is heading south on a slippery slope. Hold on people we're in for a very rough ride.

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-18 08:03

    Ms Schafer is naive in the extreme. The last thing in the world that the ANC leadership want is an effective SIU. They fear investigation of their nefarious and illegal activities. This same fear lead to the demise of the Scorpions and the emasculation of the NPA.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-18 08:58

    well, this is not exactly a surprise! the man with the know how and ability to do the job, is gone and a AA took over.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-18 09:16

    There is no leadership anywhere or anything connected to government. All the leaders that showed some integrity have been sent packing because they refuse to work with corruptables. This is the main reason everything in this country has crashed. Until, such time as all this AA EE BEE nonsense is dropped more and more corruption and looting will take place and people will be bought and bribed to turn a blind eye. By appointing and opening up the job market to all races, this will alleviate some of the corruption, people will be taught to respect their peers and to take pride in their work. Corruption is so bad now, that at our Motor Vehicle Testing place, people trying to obtain the learners licence and keep failing, if they go and pay a certain lady for R500 she gives them the test sheet and the answers but they have to go to her house. ok , so the learners licence is bought, now what about the licence.....this is very scarey. This type of corruption is just a tip of the iceberg in one little town in kzn. Eish

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