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DA questions government’s ‘double standards’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants answers as to why acting head of the special investigating unit (SIU)...

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants answers as to why acting head of the special investigating unit (SIU) currently holds two jobs.

Former head Willie Hofmeyr, who was fired from the unit last year, was not allowed to do so.

This week, Nomvula Mokhatla told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice that in addition to her role as acting SIU head, she also heads the National Prosecuting Authority’s legal department.

When President Jacob Zuma replaced Hofmeyr with Willem Heath in November 2011, Zuma said the decision would ease the pressure on Hofmeyr, because at the time, he headed the SIU in conjunction with his role as head of the asset forfeiture unit (AFU).

The DA previously questioned Zuma’s “lack of reasons” for Heath’s appointment.

Heath resigned as SIU head weeks after his appointment.

DA MP Debbie Schafer on Sunday said the party wanted to know why Mokhatla was allowed to hold two jobs and how the two situations differ. 

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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