Sunday, March 17, 2013

SIU ‘wants to hack staff e-mail’

SIU ‘wants to hack staff e-mail’


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THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has claimed that the crisis in the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has deepened to such an extent that its executive committee has ordered the "hacking" of the private e-mails of SIU employees.

Since the removal of deputy director of prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr as its head, the SIU has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

DA deputy justice spokeswoman Debbie Schafer said on Thursday: "As the president continues to ignore calls to appoint a permanent head of the SIU, which is now in its 15th month of not having a permanent head, we have now learnt that the current executive committee is so desperate to avoid further scandal … that it called in the head of information technology last Friday and asked him to hack the private e-mail accounts of all the members of the SIU."

This was illegal, she said. "If the president was really concerned about the integrity of the SIU, he would have ensured a fit and proper person was appointed as permanent head at the beginning of last year."

Attempts to get comment from the SIU were without success.

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