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SIU: State must confiscate ill-gotten goods

SIU chief Advocate Vas Soni has been addressing the 35th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference.

SIU head, Advocate Vas Soni.  Picture: David Harrison/M&G

CAPE TOWN - The head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) believes it's key in the fight against crime that the proceeds of corruption are surrendered by wrongdoers.

SIU chief Advocate Vas Soni has been addressing the 35th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference that is underway in Cape Town.

The Unit is also one of the agencies tasked with investigating state spending on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

But Soni has been focusing on the unit's role in the fight against crime.

Soni says South Africans are impatient when it comes to corruption. The units mandate is to prevent and combat graft.

Soni says both maladministration and corruption pose a threat to democracy as they erode the rule of law.

The advocate warns identifying and publicly shaming those involved are not sufficient.

Soni says it is important to enforce the law that allows the state to confiscate ill-gotten goods.

Earlier today, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu addressed the conference.

Tutu thanked the police force for putting their lives on the line to protect South Africans while Madonsela called on South Africans to unite against corruption.