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Minister to open SIU office in NC

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The Northern Cape is the only province without a Special Investigating Unit office

Minister Ronald Lamola

THE MINISTER of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, will open the Special Investigating Unit office in the Northern Cape today.

The Northern Cape is the only province in South Africa without SIU offices and it is currently being serviced by the Free State, North West and Western Cape provincial offices.

Northern Cape Premier Dr Zamani Saul had indicated that the procurement of personal protective equipment in the Province would be one of the first items that would be investigated by the new SIU office.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the Northern Cape provincial office formed part of the new SIU strategy that focuses on implementing business process improvements that are “results driven”.

“The strategy places an emphasis on the positive impact of the SIU work, improving turnaround time of investigations, reaching expected legal outcomes and ensuring the implementation of SIU outcomes and recommendations,” said Kganyago.

He explained that the SIU was an independent forensic and litigation agency established by the president to investigate serious malpractice, corruption, malfeasance and maladministration in relation to the administration of state institutions, state assets and public money, as well as any conduct that could seriously harm the interest of the state and the public.

The unveiling of the plaque will take place at the Southern Life building on the corner of Chapel and Du Toitspan streets in Kimberley at 8am, while the opening ceremony will be held at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre at 10am.