Zuma yet to employ SIU head

After 13 months, President Jacob Zuma has still not appointed a head of the SIU.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Elmond Jiyane

JOHANNESBURG - Pressure is mounting for President Jacob Zuma to appoint a head of the Special Investigations Unit with business now joining the fray.

The presidency has remained silent on why it has taken the president over 13 months to appoint a permanent head to the unit.

On Wednesday the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said the fact that this unit was left without a head for so long was unacceptable, especially when a national effort is underway to fight corruption.

Black Business Council (BBC) General Secretary Sandile Zungu said while this vacancy doesn't mean government isn't fighting corruption, action must be taken.

"That vacancy must be filled because it sends a good message that there is a comprehensive seriousness about fighting corruption."

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Neren Rau said his members were worried about corruption.

"If we had to prioritise, amongst government positions, this would definitely be one of the key priorities. Corruption was one of the biggest issues for our members."

The presidency said it could not comment on the issue.