Pardoned husband of NPA boss up for top job

2012-05-17 15:28

A government department is considering appointing the husband of acting prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba – who had his criminal record expunged by President Jacob Zuma – as its legal adviser.

Former lawyer Booker Nhantsi, who is married to Jiba, is in talks with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi about being employed as a legal adviser.

This was confirmed by the department’s acting chief of staff, Dr Nghamula Nkuna, who said Baloyi was in “discussions” with Nhantsi, but that no decision had been taken.

“It’s still under discussion,” he said.

Nhantsi had his criminal record for stealing a client’s trust fund money erased by Zuma in September 2010.

According to a police media statement issued in 2005, Nhantsi had dipped into funds held in trust by a client to the tune of R193 000.

He was sentenced to five years imprisonment, two of which were suspended for a period of five years.

Mac Maharaj, Zuma’s spokesperson, last month told City Press that Nhantsi “was convicted of the offence of theft, which was his first and only offence. He had also served his sentence.

“Nhantsi is also a qualified and skilled individual who can make a contribution to society. He was therefore pardoned accordingly.”

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