SIU head may be appointed soon

There are rumours a KZN advocate has been approached to take over as SIU head.

There are rumours a KwaZulu-Natal advocate has been approached to take over the SIU head position.

JOHANNESBURG - Presidency officials said on Wednesday they still have no knowledge of who will be appointed head of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) amid rumours that a KwaZulu-Natal advocate has been approached for the job.

President Jacob Zuma has left the unit without a head for nearly 16 months.

The advocate has refused to comment on the matter and won't confirm or deny whether he was approached or whether has accepted the appointment.

The Justice Department has confirmed it sent all the necessary paperwork to Zuma and that the final decision is now up to him.

But the President's officials have still not explained the delay.

Previously Justice Minister Jeff Radebe claimed the unit would get a new permanent head by the end of February.

Speaking before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice in Cape Town, Radebe said he was certain than an appointment was imminent.

In August 2012, Radebe used the exact same phrase when questioned on the issue.

He claimed the SIU would get a new permanent head imminently, but that did not happen.