The DA has called on the newly appointed head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Advocate Vasantrai Soni, to publically confirm whether the SIU will be investigating the irregular spending of more than R206 million on President Jacob Zuma’s private residence at Nkandla.
According to reports in the weekend press, despite the announcement by Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi in February this year that the SIU would be asked to investigate Nkandlagate, to date, no such investigation has commenced.
According to the SIU’s Spokesperson, Boy Ndala, the unit is “watching” the Public Protector’s investigation but the matter does not fall “within the scope of our investigation into Public Works”
Adv. Soni now has an ideal opportunity to demonstrate to South Africans that he will lead the SIU in a principled and dedicated manner and not be unduly influenced by political considerations.
Adv. Soni must tell the nation whether he will ask President Zuma to gazette a proclamation to allow for the SIU Nkandla investigation as required in terms of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act of 1996.
Now is the time for Adv. Soni to also ask the President when he will receive the proclamation allowing him to commence the SIU investigation.
As the new head of the SIU, Adv. Soni has a responsibility to do everything in his power to live up to the SIU’s mandated mission of fighting corruption through quality investigation, wherever it may occur