Jiba and Mrwebi placed on special leave, will appeal judgment

2016-09-16 18:35
Nomgcobo Jiba (File, News24)

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Johannesburg - Deputy national director of prosecutions Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba and Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi have been placed on special leave, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said in a statement on Friday.

"On September 16 the National Department of Public Prosecution (NDPP) placed both Jiba and Mrwebi on special leave at their request and after having consulted the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services thereon."

Mfaku said in their request to the NDPP both Jiba and Mrwebi confirmed their instructions to their legal representatives to file applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the judgment and order handed down against them.

Mfaku added that the National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams took into consideration the integrity of the NPA, the public confidence in the NPA and the administration of justice as a whole, balanced against the integrity and reputation of Jiba and Mrwebi, "along with their constitutionally entrenched rights to equal protection and benefit of the law, including their right to appeal".

"The NDPP would like to thank the two officials for upholding the integrity of the institution as well as theirs."

Mjiba and Mweri were struck off the roll this week.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled on Thursday that Jiba and Mrwebi had brought the NPA and legal profession into disrepute by failing to prosecute former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

They should have stood "firm and vigorous" and persisted with their prosecution of Mdluli on fraud and corruption charges.

Judge Francis Legodi ordered their names struck off the roll of advocates. 

The General Council of the Bar brought a case against them because of their handling of cases including Mdluli’s, the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma on corruption charges, and of suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

DA Shadow minister for Justice Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach said in a statement on Friday that they welcomed the news that the duo had been placed on special leave.

"This is a victory for the (NPA) and our nation’s prosecutorial integrity. This is also a victory for the General Council of the Bar (GCB) in their bid to ascertain legal certainty that representatives of the NPA ought to be 'fit and proper'.

"This suspension will ensure that they do not further facilitate the decline of the NPA and we hope that this signals the first step on their road to departure from the NPA," she said.

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