On Monday afternoon the head of the Special Investigating Unit, Aocate Vas Soni, confirmed that he was resigning from his post. He says he’s leaving the post for “intensely personal reasons”, and that he would have preferred to stay on to finish the management system changes he’d started. In most places, a resignation from an institution like the SIU would be met with sadness. In South Africa, it will be met with cynicism – because of the past history of the unit, and because this latest development will add to the already massive uncertainty in the upper echelons of our corruption-fighting machinery.
Soni was appointed to the position of SIU head at the end of August 2013. It was an intriguing choice. Prior to his arrival, the unit had been left without a head of any sort for over a year and a half. The reason for that was entirely in the hands of Number One. He had decided in 2011, with no explanation being offered, to suddenly force Willie Hofmeyr to leave his post as head of the unit.
Then he appointed Willem Heath, a former judge, in Hofmeyr’s place. Heath had headed the unit before,…
Source : Daily Maverick