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President Ramaphosa hands down notice of suspension on Jiba and Mrwebi


Nomgcobo Jiba, deputy national director of the NPA. Photo: Gallo


On Wednesday evening, president Cyril Ramaphosa gave Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi until 10 August to provide sufficient reasons why they should not be suspended.

What do we know about Jiba and Mrwebi?

The two officials in question are considered to be the elite of Zuma’s inner circle. Nomgcobo Jiba is the suspended Deputy National Director of Public Prosecution at the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).

She has been embroiled in a number of questionable dealings and has escaped the hands of justice a few times under the rule of former president Jacob Zuma.

The most notable act of misconduct is how she and Lawrence Mrwebi, the Special Director of Public Prosecutions who is also facing suspension, handled the case of the former head of the Police Crime Intelligence Unit, Richard Mdluli.

Mrwebi’s reputation is just as tainted. He has also been investigated mismanagement and political nepotism.

Ramaphosa sets forth the NPA clean up

In a letter sent to Jiba and Mrwebi, Ramaphosa made it clear that leadership could no longer ignore the cries of the people regarding the NPA.

He stated that

“I cannot underscore the importance of the public’s trust in the NPA and its most senior management. It is a constitutional institution that is central to the proper administration of justice. Doubt about the fitness and integrity of anyone in so senior a position as you hold jeopardises this trust and the ability of the NPA as a whole.”

The president made it clear that it is high time that the NPA be “ventilated” of all the negativity that taints the institution’s image.

It seems that even Shaun Abrahams may be on the chopping block, as the president announced that he is waiting on the ruling of the Constitutional Court that sought to rule whether the NPA head was validly appointed.

Jiba, Mrwebi and Abrahams, together with Zuma, may have singlehandedly ruined the reputation of the NPA. The group blatantly disregarded the law and acted outside of the protocol in protecting themselves and their associates.

Glynnis Breytenbach, who is a former prosecutor and a DA MP, described how distasteful the group’s moral fabric is:

“They are a pervasive, demoralising and toxic influence on the fabric of the NPA as an institution. Both occupy high positions that allow them to intimidate and inflict maximum damage on the institution and to interfere in prosecutions and investigations with impunity. They are not fit to hold those positions and their suspension is good news for the criminal justice system.”

Zola Majavu, who is Jiba’s attorney, confirmed that his client had received the letter and is already preparing a comprehensible response to why she should not be suspended.

 





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