NPA’s Jiba returns to work

2015-03-27 00:00

THE elusive Nomgcobo Jiba, the deputy head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), arrived for work yesterday, ending a three-day disappearing act.

The embattled Jiba faces charges of fraud and perjury relating to her handling of the criminal racketeering case against KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen.

It is alleged that police searched high and low for the advocate before serving a summons on NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana in his capacity as her employer.

Nxasana said he was “informed” that Jiba was at the prosecutor’s office in Silverton, Pretoria.

“I have not seen her and I am on my way to the office. When I arrive there, we will have to talk,” he said.

Later, Nxasana’s spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said the meeting had “gone well”.

“There are no hard feelings between Nxasana and Jiba,” he said.

Why she left the office without booking leave before the summons could be served on her is unclear.

According to Nxasana, she had not responded to his calls and text messages when she was due to meet him on Tuesday.

The issue has placed the police and the NPA at odds with one another, with the former suggesting that the latter jumped the gun in issuing the summons to secure her appearance in court.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale alleges there was a deviation from normal procedure, claiming the investigating officer, Major-General Norman Taioe, was not consulted.

Who gave the order to serve the summons “has yet to be confirmed”.

Nxasana has accused the national police commissioner Riah Phiyega of interference, in the wake of statements that were issued by her office.

Makgale in turn said the NPA had misled the public.

Attempts to contact Jiba were unsuccessful at time of going to press.

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