BuzzSouthAfrica can confirm that South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma has unleashed the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to go after the Department of Rural Development and Land Reforms.
A statement from the Presidency disclosed that the President has signed an SIU Proclamation to investigate the department.
“President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996, (Act No. 74 of 1996), signed a Proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate certain matters relating to the affairs of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform,” read an excerpt from the statement.
It was further detailed that the Proclamation authorised the SIU to investigate the under listed allegations:
1. The acquisition by the Department of certain farms and the identification, selection and appointment of the strategic partners and beneficiaries for such farms in a manner that was not fair, transparent, equitable and contrary to applicable legislation.
2. Misappropriation of recapitalisation funds in terms of the Department’s Recapitalisation and Development Programme in relation to the allegations mentioned above.
3. Any improper or unlawful conduct by the officials of the Department or any other person or entity in relation the allegations mentioned above.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) has urged Mr President to also unleash the SUI on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
According to the Fighters, SIU head advocate, Lekhoa Mothibi told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Account (Scopa) that the President is yet to sign the proclamation for the SIU to begin with the SABC investigation.
This is so despite the fact that the SIU long declared its readiness to start investigating the corporation.
The Fighters pointed out that it was SABC Interim Board that called for the “SIU to investigate the shenanigans at the SABC and remarked that without such an investigation, it will be difficult to rebuild governance and administrative systems at the SABC and restore public confidence in the public broadcaster.”
Malema’s party asserted that Zuma’s failure to sign the proclamation for the SIU to begin the investigation is delaying the undertaking of the Interim Board to stabilise and rebuild the SABC.
“We know that the reason Zuma is stalling it is because it was his cronies and the Guptas who looted SABC funds and compromised its public standing.
“The SIU investigation will, therefore, uncover the rot that leads back to Zuma’s front door,” added EFF.
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Having said that, the Fighters urged Mr Zuma to sign the proclamation so that all the monies the public broadcaster lost can be recovered.
“There is no point sitting in an ANC Policy Conference telling people that your government is ready to deal with corruption when you delay signing declarations that combat the same corruption. Justice delayed is justice denied,” the Fighters informed President Zuma