‘Politics in NPA is merely perception’

2012-11-20 15:11

Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba has quashed claims that the National Prosecuting Authority was influenced by politics.

Addressing a seminar of the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria today, Jiba said claims that her office was playing politics in various criminal cases were merely “perception”.

“They (accusations) are perception. We try to prosecute without fear, favour or prejudice,” said Jiba, who would not be drawn on the so-called Zuma spy tapes.

Jiba would not comment further on the court case involving the “spy tapes”, saying “it’s difficult for me to express views on it”.

She said the independence of the NPA was important to ensure the effectiveness and the efficiency of the criminal justice system.

Her comments come as the Sunday Times reported on Sunday that prosecutors were adamant that President Jacob Zuma’s corruption case should go ahead, despite having been dropped because of allegations that some senior prosecutors were politically involved in the case.

The NPA, on Saturday, attempted to interdict the Sunday Times from reporting on the 300 pages of communication between prosecutors leaked to the newspaper.

Jiba said the NPA was engaging with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to thrash out ways to improve the performance of her office.

“We are alive to the challenges facing us but there is no doom or gloom in the organisation. We’re yet to find a perfect system of prosecution, but we strive to be open, transparent and consistent,” said Jiba, adding that the NPA’s performance was good.

Jean Redpath of the Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape praised the NPA for its high conviction rate.

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may be concerning you and this puts a dampener on your spirits. You may need to take a closer look into documents, forms...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.