Pikoli questions 'refusal' to appoint SIU head

Vusi Pikoli says not appointing a SIU head is weakening the fight against corruption.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli has told Eyewitness News President Jacob Zuma's refusal to appoint a permanent head to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is weakening government's fight against corruption.

It is now a year and a month since the unit last had a permanent head, after Willem Heath stepped down in December 2011.

Last week, several business organisations and the Congress of South African Trade Unions called on Zuma to make an appointment urgently.

Pikoli said it was a worrying situation.

"It is certainly a matter of serious concern, given the importance and centrality of the SIU in the fight against fraud of corruption."

And he said it was difficult to understand why no appointment had been made.

"Especially given the recent pronouncements about government's commitment to fight corruption."

The Presidency has said it has no comment to make on the issue.