Publication: Business Day Issued: Date: 2001-01-26 Reporter: Judge WH Heath Editor:

Facts Distorted in Heath Unit Report

Publication  Business Day
Date 2001-01-26
Reporter Judge WH Heath
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I AM upset and concerned about the contents of a report (Business Day January 24) indicating that I have said that the special investigation unit has forwarded a number of motivations for proclamations to the minister of justice for consideration concerning allegations against politicians, their families and relatives.

At no stage during any interview have I said this.

In addition to this, the report indicates that the cases are "highly sensitive and of great potential risk". This too was never conveyed in any interview I may have had. If I had referred to this during any discussion, it had no bearing on the proclamations whatsoever.

It would seem Business Day has taken "bits and pieces" of information and combined them with details obtained from our annual report, thereby distorting the situation and creating the abovementioned perception.

This has never been the case. I view this as a complete distortion of the facts.

Judge WH Heath Head of the unit

The Reporter replies: We note Judge Heath's objections. We stand, however, by our report.

With acknowledgement to Judge WH Heath and Business Day.