PRETORIA, Jan 27 — The head of South Africa’s powerful Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Vas Soni, has resigned personal reasons, says SIU Spokesman Sefura Mongalo.
The SIU is a public entity with powers of investigation and litigation. It has powers to subpoena, search, seize and interrogate witnesses under oath and can also take civil action to correct any wrongdoing it uncovers in its investigations.
Mongalo said here Monday that Soni’s wife had not been well for the past five months. Soni had also revealed in an interview that he needed to spend time with his wife. He also said his job had been stressful.
“I think it has been stressful and it’s a serious challenge. I had spent almost my entire working life in the private sector and did not realise what a challenge working in the public sector is,” Soni had said in an interview.
Soni, a lawyer, was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in September 2013. He indicated he would be going into private practice.