Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Presidency denies that Willie Hofmeyr has been fired

By Khanyisa Tabata
30 November 2011

The Presidency says reports that President Jacob Zuma has fired deputy national director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr are wrong.

Advocate Willem Heath will merely take over the running of the Special Investigating Unit, which Hofmeyr has built out to a formidable crime fighting organisation.

Hofmeyr will retain the leadership of the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Zuma says the strengthening of the units at leadership level will improve government's response to the increasing scourge of crime syndicates.

Opposition parties argue that Heath is being rewarded for defending Zuma on corruption charges, while Hofmeyr’s responsibilities have been curbed because he had, at times, been a thorn in some officials’ flesh.

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