MPs question Jiba's new NPA role

2015-10-15 14:58
Nomgcobo Jiba (File, News24)

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Cape Town - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday questioned the logic behind the appointment of advocate Nomgcobo Jiba as prosecution services head.

This after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams reiterated during a presentation to Parliament’s justice and correctional services on the NPA’s annual report Jiba had been employed on merit.

Jiba, who is still facing an application she be struck off the advocates' roll, was appointed to the post in August.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Werner Horn said when Jiba had been acting in Abraham’s position, she had tainted the NPA's integrity.

"So how can you say on merit alone you decided she must be the head of your prosecution services? Please explain to us how you objectively came to that decision? Wouldn’t it have been better to put the position on ice until all matters regarding her conduct were finalised by the bar council and the court?"

Abrahams said he could not comment on the matter of Jiba’s employment as it was before the courts.

"But, what I can say is none of those judgments, with the greatest of respect, have declared advocate Jiba unfit and [improper]. There is no such ruling that has been made.

"I am a respondent in the matter and it would be irresponsible for me to comment in public or in this forum on a matter in which I am expected to file papers."

Horn said it was "mindboggling" Abrahams did not want to respond to the questions when he had personally introduced the matter of Jiba’s employment in the introduction to his presentation.

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart said while he understood the matter was in court, it had to be discussed as it was in the annual report.

Committee chairperson and African National Congress (ANC) MP Dr Mathole Motshekga said it was not up to the committee to decide whether any official was fit or not to hold office.

"This is not a tribunal."

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