President Jacob Zuma has appointed Jan Lekhoa Mothibi as the head of Special Investigation Unit. He will take up his post from May 1. South Africa’s SIU is responsible for high-profile forensic investigations as determined by the president through proclamations.
The unit has been without a permanent boss since the resignation of Vas Soni in February last year. We will recall that after Soni’s resignation, Gerhard Wilhelm Visagie took over as the acting head of the unit in March 2015.
Meanwhile, the president has felicitated Mothibi on his new appointment and also wished him all the best in his new responsibilities to investigate corruption and maladministration.
“We congratulate Advocate Mothibi for his appointment and wish him all the best in his new responsibilities of the investigation of corruption and maladministration,” said President Zuma.
Following Mothibi’s appointment, he is expected to hit the ground running following Zuma’s announcement of a fresh investigation into tender irregularities at the Correctional Services Department.
Allegations of irregularities in the procurement of an electronic monitoring system recently emerged and the SIU is expected to also investigate under-performance by service providers and look into unlawful conduct by service provider or employees.
SIU’s new head is currently the executive director for legal, governance, risk and compliance at Medscheme Holdings. He also held executive and senior management positions in both the public and private sectors including Standard Bank, Nedbank, and the South African Revenue Service.
He holds an LLB and B Proc degrees as well as a post-graduate diploma in labour law and has worked previously as both a prosecutor and magistrate.
It is pertinent to note that the vision of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is to provide timely professional forensic investigations into maladministration and malpractice in order to protect the public interest and reverse the scourge of corruption in society.