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President playing musical chairs with SIU

President playing musical chairs with SIU
SIPHO MASONDO | 22 December, 2011 00:234 Comments

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Heath resigns President Jacob Zuma has removed Nomgcobo Jiba as acting head of the Special Investigating Unit barely a week after her appointment. He has replaced her with the deputy national director of public prosecutions, Nomvula Mokhatla.
Zuma spokesman, Mac Maharaj, would not explain Jiba's removal.

She was appointed after the resignation of Willem Heath, who had been in the job for about two weeks.

Heath, who replaced Willie Hofmeyr after Zuma axed him, resigned after saying that former president Thabo Mbeki had been behind rape and corruption charges against Zuma.

Department of Justice spokesman Tlali Tlali said: "We indicated last week that the president has initiated the process that will lead to the appointment of the new head of the SIU. The vacancy left by the resignation of Heath will be filled soon.

"There is an acting head appointed to hold the fort before the position is filled."

A source close to the National Prosecuting Authority, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "It's a better move than the previous one. I do think the minister [Jeff Radebe] wanted someone who is not followed by controversy."

In 2007, Jiba was suspended for her role in the arrest of then Gauteng head of Scorpions, Gerrie Nel. This was at the height of the tensions between the Scorpions and the police over a corruption investigation into then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

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