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SUI head appointment expected today

Justice Ministry spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said a new SIU head will be appointed on Thursday.

Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is expected to appoint a new head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Thursday, the Justice Ministry confirmed.

The unit has been without a permanent head for the last 14 months.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702, Justice Ministry spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said, "The appointment will be made by the end of February.

"We need to exercise patience and give the president time to conclude the process."

Former SIU head Advocate Willem Heath stepped down for a second time in December 2011 after claims were made that former President Thabo Mbeki was responsible for Zuma being charged with rape and corruption.

He first resigned from the post in 2001.

Heath said the unit needed a leader willing to give it direction.

He also claimed the unit has not been working properly for 10 years.

Ndumiso Jiba is heading the unit in an acting capacity.