NPA boss threw career away for ‘corrupt Zuma’ – Glynnis Breytenbach

2014-09-01 12:48

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The Democratic Alliance has called on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to make the necessary recommendations to remove deputy National Prosecuting Authority head Nomgcobo Jiba from office.

“Jiba has enjoyed a chequered career in the NPA, and has only herself to blame,” DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach said today.

“From being a career prosecutor with a fairly solid reputation, she has chosen to throw it all away in pursuit of quick and easy promotion and access to power in exchange for political favours for a corrupt president.”

Breytenbach, a former NPA prosecutor, said Jiba had destroyed her and the authority’s credibility.

The office of the national director of public prosecutions received an unprecedented tongue-lashing in the Zuma “spy tapes” order handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday.

The appeal court said it recently, in another matter, criticised the director of public prosecutions’ office for being “less than candid and forthcoming”.

In its ruling it said: “In the present case, the then [acting] director of public prosecutions Ms Jiba provided an ‘opposing’ affidavit in generalised, hearsay and almost meaningless terms.

“Affidavits from people who had first-hand knowledge of the relevant facts were conspicuously absent.

“Furthermore, it is to be decried that an important constitutional institution such as the office of the director of public prosecutions is loath to take an independent view about confidentiality, or otherwise, of documents and other materials within its possession, particularly in the face of an order of this court.”

The appeal court ended its ruling by saying: “This conduct is not worthy of the office of the director of public prosecutions. Such conduct undermines the esteem in which the office of the director of public prosecutions ought to be held by the citizenry of this country.”

Earlier this month it was reported that Jiba had failed to submit copies of her qualifications, raising doubts that she was indeed an admitted advocate.

Jiba reportedly failed to supply the required documentation for three months.

According to her CV on the prosecuting authority’s website she was an admitted advocate of the high court. However, it did not indicate in which year she was admitted as an advocate.

Breytenbach said Jiba was not fit to hold the office she occupied and was not fit to be a prosecutor.

“As such she must be removed, and the sooner the better.”

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