Jiba will use tax money to fight her removal - DA

2016-09-15 17:11
Nomgcobo Jiba (File, News24)

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Johannesburg – Prosecutions deputy head Nomgcobo Jiba will use taxpayers’ money to fight her removal from the roll of advocates, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday.

“These are individuals who are protected by the presidency, that is why they feel they can use taxpayers’ money to abuse an extensive amount of legal resource with appeal after appeal,” Maimane told reporters in Johannesburg.

Maimane said the party would institute a legal process against her, similar to what it did with SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. In his case, the DA approached the Public Protector and went to court to ask for an order that he be suspended.

“We will take that type of action to make sure her removal is not delayed. We can’t delay on the back of appeal after appeal.”

He said the party was not convinced that Jiba, the deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, and her boss Shaun Abrahams, could prosecute without prejudice.

Jiba and her colleague, special director of public prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi, would be struck off the roll of advocates, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Thursday.

The General Council of the Bar brought the court application, due to their handling of certain high-profile cases.

“There is word they are likely to appeal. I don’t believe the appeal has much prospect to succeed. In light of that, she should vacate her position and we must be able to ensure that that institution is not captured in the manner it is today.”

Judge Francis Legodi did not immediately give reasons for his decision. It could lead to President Jacob Zuma initiating an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

The two National Prosecuting Authority officials have been criticised by High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal judges for their roles in withdrawing fraud, corruption, and murder charges against former police crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli; and the attempted prosecution on racketeering charges of suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head, Major-General Johan Booysen.

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