Politics

Zuma orders extension of graft probes by Special Investigations Unit

By Andy Rice 13 August 2010

President Zuma has ordered or extended seven big probes by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into corruption and mismanagement by national and provincial government departments. The investigations target the police, the social security agency, the national departments of public works, arts and culture and housing, the Gauteng department of health and the Eastern Cape department of education. All this new work has forced the SIU, headed by Willie Hofmeyr, to hire more people in order to cope. Of particular interest to the SIU will be procurement practices of the Department of Public Works, including leases made for other government departments, collusion by government officials and suppliers to fix prices as well as payments on properties that were not made on time. It is not yet clear whether the suspect lease for a new R500 million police headquarters will fall under the investigation, although projects managed by the SAPS building service will be scrutinised (let the discerning reader supply a "hmmm" here). Since the disbandment of the Scorpions, the SIU is the last investigating unit that is out of police control.Read more: IOL and TimesLive.

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