Jiba, Mwrebi should have been fired - Cope

2016-09-17 13:03

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Johannesburg - The Congress of the People (Cope) has described NPA head Shaun Abrahams as a "disgrace" for granting special leave to his colleagues Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi instead of firing them.

"It is a total disgrace... this is an insult to the people of this country and a total disregard for the courts," Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said on Saturday.

The party insisted that the Jiba should be fired instead.

The NPA announced on Friday that Abrahams had placed the pair on special leave, at their own request.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said the decision was made after Abrahams had consulted with the ministers of both justice and correctional services.

The announcement came a day after Jiba and Mweri were struck off the roll of advocates earlier 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.

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.

Cope accused Abrahams of being Zuma's "puppet", saying the NPA head was willing to break the law for Zuma. 

"Congress of the People is not surprised today when this puppet with no courage fails to tell Mr Zuma and Minister Masutha that his Deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, and Lawrence Mrwebi were declared not fit to run the office by the Pretoria High court.

"Abrahams is even prepared to break the law for Zuma. He is afraid to tell Zuma that he doesn't want to break the law by keeping Jiba and Mrwebi on the payroll following the court's judgement," Bloem said.

When addressing the media earlier this year on the NPA's decision to appeal a High Court ruling which which set aside a 2009 decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma, Abrahams dismissed criticism that he was acting in the interests of Zuma. He told reporters he acted in the best interests of the country and the Constitution.

Read more on:    cope  |  npa  |  nomgcobo jiba  |  jacob zuma  |  shaun abrahams  |  lawrence mrwebi

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