Zuma's NPA choice dogged by controversy

2011-01-14 12:48

Cape Town - An advocate that President Jacob Zuma appointed as a deputy to NPA boss Menzi Simelane previously faced charges of dishonesty and unprofessional conduct, reports showed on Friday.

Advocate Nomgcoba Jiba also faced charges of bringing the National Prosecuting Authority into disrepute, the Mail and Guardian reported.

On Thursday, the NPA announced the appointments of Jiba and Nomvula Mokhatla as the new Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions. Their appointments were effective from 22 December 2010 and they began working this week, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

"These are high performing advocates with across the board proficiency within the civil and criminal litigation industry.

"They are both skilled professionals, who are expected to successfully transform the prosecution with their legal expertise," Mhaga said.

But Jiba made headlines in 2007 when she got her NPA colleague Gerrie Nel arrested.

At the time, Nel was the head of the Scorpions crime-fighting unit which was disbanded by Zuma’s government. He also led the prosecuting team that got former police boss Jackie Selebi convicted of fraud.

Various departments involved

Mokotedi Mpshe, who was the acting national director at the time, suspended Jiba for her part in what Mpshe portrayed as a conspiracy to have Nel arrested before he could lay corruption charges against Selebi.

The Mail and Guardian reported how Mpshe wrote in a letter to Simelane, then the director general of the justice department: "According to information received by the NPA, it seems as if Advocate Jiba and other members of the [Scorpions] together with members of the Saps, the department of justice ... and the office of the presidency, and in spite of all indications that there [was] insufficient evidence and in a clandestine manner, did all in their power to obtain a warrant of arrest for Advocate Gerrie Nel."

The newspaper wrote that Jiba played an active role in getting Nel arrested over claims that he had interfered in the prosecution of a former Scorpion convicted of pursuing a cover-up during his investigation of corruption at the Mpumulanga Economic Empowerment Commission.

The charges against Nel were soon dropped but the M&G reports that the Simelane-run NPA has begun an investigation into Nel's conduct of the Selebi case and the Brett Kebble murder investigation.

When News24 asked Nel for comment on Jiba’s new appointment, he said: I don’t want to talk to the media at the moment.”

  • Smaal - 2011-01-14 12:54

    ... and this comes as what.. a surprise? LOL this is just reward for a job well done all be it a skew one.

      Dikgoshi - 2011-01-14 15:52

      funny, i was thinking exactly that...... why is this a surprise? we are now living in an era where the criminals investigate themselves you know...... i say 'banana', can someone out there say 'republic'..... it's a pity though......

      people.3000 - 2011-01-14 19:27

      Ok, I start...Banana

  • Greg - 2011-01-14 12:58

    Faced charges of dishonesty and unprofessional conduct - what was the verdict? I am going with not guilty, or they weren't followed up on and withdrawn? If so, we can't have everything both ways. Innocent until proven guilty. And in any case, where in South Africa is our intelligent Grade 3 was it??? President going to find somebody in his employ who hasn't been investigated, charged, convicted....????????? All a bunch of rogues, the whole lot of them. Why would he let a little matter like that worry him when he himself has been suspected how many times?

      Marc - 2011-01-14 15:06

      Agreed. Also, the following statement by the NPA spokesman is puzzling: "These are high performing advocates with across the board proficiency within the civil and criminal litigation industry." Perhaps he would care to explain just how proficient and seasoned they are as I cannot even find anyone of their names on the roll of advocates!

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-14 12:58

    No clue what so ever... What next in the lives of the ANC!

      Tseleng - 2011-01-14 14:30

      2/3 majority votes.

      FuzzyStorm - 2011-01-14 15:44

      @tseleng - u will have to breed like rabbits to produce a few more robt voters if you want that 2/3 majority. Fortunately many people are increasingly disenchanted with the corruption.

      Dikgoshi - 2011-01-14 15:54

      @Tseleng..... watch this space, the arrogance displayed by the majority party is coming to an end someday.... then we will see what these fools have to say at that time..... time is on our side, you just watch.....

  • Drewster - 2011-01-14 12:59

    Banana Republic

      pietlombard1 - 2011-01-14 14:06

      National anthem ------ Banana boat song

      Tseleng - 2011-01-14 14:28

      The banana thing about the anthem is the "Die Stem" part.

      JDuvenhage - 2011-01-14 14:59

      @Tseleng - The best part is, you still have to sing it HAHAHAHA you are so screwed, still after 16 years. Hahahahahaaaaaa.

      Dikgoshi - 2011-01-14 15:55

      @Tseleng.... very sensitive are we?????

      franssmith100 - 2011-01-14 18:31

      tseleng..sounds like a cash register .... although only an empty one

  • Kevin King - 2011-01-14 13:00

    For anyone who regularly reads the news, this is not news.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-01-14 13:35

      Menzi Simelane , fingered in Ginwala commission as a liar and fraud now appointed as Npa head by president, now another brick to add to ensure another cadre is in the wings and willing to ensure those charges against him don't crop up again in the near future (charges were dropped ,he was not acquitted).One would ask if its really that hard to find a candidate who isn't implicated in dodgy behaviour ?

      Kevin King - 2011-01-14 14:07

      The ANC and its wings (NPA, SABC etc) have become so corrupt that it will be very difficult for anyone 'clean' to enter. I'd say yes there are good, honest individuals but you can't put a few good apples amongst the rotten.

      FuzzyStorm - 2011-01-14 15:45

      I suppose Zjuma had lettle choice, after all how many of his favoured few have not been tainted by scandals

      franssmith100 - 2011-01-14 18:32

      i am with you kevin - this should hardly have made news with what the anc has gotten away with - lets face it, they can do just about anything and get away with it.

  • lany - 2011-01-14 13:01

    It's pay back time well done MR P

      Bill - 2011-01-14 13:56

      Do not argue with an idiot! He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-14 14:13

      U go Bill : :)

      phillie - 2011-01-14 14:18

      Why is it that you bunch of idiots keep look through anc corrupt glasses at everything. Become educated for once in your life and realize that the comments posted goes about having clean and efficient government and NOT!!!! about reversed apartheid.

      Dikgoshi - 2011-01-14 16:04

      funny enough, this is the one time where we can blame apartheid for its bantu education...... if you had a better decent education, you would understand that what is happening here is nothing but petty politics by power hungry mongrels..... you wouldn't be supporting this idiotic antics pulled by our so called leaders..... even the most powerful do come crashing down someday; their turn will come......

  • SiphovdMerwe - 2011-01-14 13:02

    and...let the whining begin...let's see who is first?

      Brandon96end - 2011-01-14 13:16

      Why are you not whining Sipho? Surely you want a decent candidate for such an important position? You want the best for our country, don't you?

      watalife - 2011-01-14 13:17

      We as the ANC have no skaam at all and will do whatever it takes to show SA how corrupt we can be. We as the ANC dont give a flying toss about morals. We as the ANC know that integrity is a WHITE sauce that you put on chicken.

      Tokken - 2011-01-14 13:35

      This is the example you want your kids to have,

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-14 13:45

      vdMerwe??? guess your mother was a boerbok, lol.

      Jo - 2011-01-14 13:48

      South Africans need to lift their heads and start expecting far more from themselves, each other and their leaders. This nonsense of settling for tarnished and dodgy appointments is just us short-selling ourselves and the future of the country. Anyone who has tampered with the law, for whatever reason, cannot be expected to defend that same law with their lives. And that's the level of committment required from the guardians of the law. Aim higher, try harder - do better.

      Bill - 2011-01-14 13:56

      Do not argue with an idiot! He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

      phillie - 2011-01-14 14:20

      Why is it that you bunch of idiots keep looking through anc corrupt glasses at everything. Become educated for once in your life and realize that the comments posted goes about having clean and efficient government and NOT!!!! about reversed apartheid.

      damascus - 2011-01-14 14:42

      @ gen-charlie it's sad that the likes of your sorry self still lurk out there. you're a bigot and she faced disrepute charges, so you not any better from her.

  • emmamimie - 2011-01-14 13:05

    Just keeping it in the family, giving all the comrades jobs of importance so that he Zuma will keep his job.

      shmaakthis - 2011-01-14 13:28

      what else did you expect ? A person qualified for the job BWAAAHAAAAA

  • advurt - 2011-01-14 13:05

    So - what else is new in the ANC? Bunch of crooks the lot of them. With the biggest crook at the helm.

  • Bill - 2011-01-14 13:06

    What can I say! President Zuma continues to lead by example... He is hell bent on having a government with questionable content. In any western country, an unpaid traffic fine would put paid to anyone’s consideration for this type of senior appointment! This government does not have a once of foresight and integrity, judging by this appointment protocol!

  • jwill - 2011-01-14 13:07

    I've just read the M&G article on this story & a few of the prior story which forms the history.....interesting tale indeed. Ah well, like they say: "It's not what you know, it's who you know"

  • Wow! - 2011-01-14 13:08

    It is highly disturbing that Zuma finds it fit to elect a person of this calibre to such an important post. At least he should ensure that there are no outstanding "misconduct" deeds against her name. I really have NO respect for this president any longer.

      Greg - 2011-01-14 13:20

      You mean - you HAD respect for him?

      Thandi - 2011-01-14 13:26

      Never did, never will have any respect for him. The position yes, but never the present incumbant.

      Tseleng - 2011-01-14 14:35

      You comment as if it matters what you respect.Blacks in SA don't need your approval what you respect or see fit to rule for as long as it is not a whitey..........PERFECT..............

      JDuvenhage - 2011-01-14 15:10

      @ Tseleng - Yes, Indeed you do not need approval, nor respect. Clearly because those two words (like hermaphrodite) does not exist in your vocabulary. We can clearly see that in the places you live, the way you drive and the general way you are. Without respect and no need of anyone’s approval, you can do whatever you please, it is a free country after all, no rules, no regulation. Except for the perfect ‘whiteys’ that can generate a self-sustaining economy out of nothing, respectfully oblige to rules because without it, anarchy rules (like in the rest of Africa) and want approval, because two minds are better than one. So, keep you trap shut.

      JDuvenhage - 2011-01-14 15:21

      Seeing that News24 cannot take it when a whitey says something a bit offish to their taste... Tseleng, I think you are a bigot.

  • watalife - 2011-01-14 13:10

    We as the ANC have no skaam at all and will do whatever it takes to show SA how corrupt we can be. We as the ANC dont give a flying toss about morals. We as the ANC know that integrity is a WHITE sauce that you put on chicken.

      Ingie - 2011-01-14 14:50

      With the comments you have written shows one that you have no brains. Anyone with an answer like that just says it all.Pathetic, brainless fool that can say things like you have. No wonder SA is a F..up because most of you all think like this. You want a future, but with a comment like this you will never have one. Why dont you put all this racism behind you and move on. Should have been done in 1994 - Road to Freedom. The rainbow nation.

      watalife - 2011-01-14 15:33

      Oh really now,this oke simelane was previously chargeed with dishonesty and you want to call that OK? The reason SA is f*cked up because its people like you who think everything is OK. The day this country faces the truth about whats taking place and those who are trying to run SA show some morals/standards/integrity and dont favour people who rape/steal/murder the we all can work together in harmony. get off your high horse and face facts Mr/Mrs/Ms know it all. road to freedom you call it? we are on the M2 here(Moer toe)

      people.3000 - 2011-01-14 19:42

      Ingie, have you heard of sarcasm?

  • foitapoilet - 2011-01-14 13:10

    What do you expect, its hardly surprising as the nepotistic birds of the feather (Criminals) will never miss a beat at surrounding themselves with their own loathing kind. We have a criminal for a president and now he repays the NPA cronies for what he owes and certainly cements his future from any future criminal proceedings that may arise against him.

  • LuCypher - 2011-01-14 13:11

    It's one of the Fit and Proper requirements for gummunt employees: Have you ever been charged with any act of dishonesty? If not, then you are not suitable as a candidate. If you have been charged, were you found guilty? If you were found guilty, please apply for a ministerial position. If you were not found guilty, then you qualify for any other high profile position (provided that you can prove your loyalty to the ANC) That's Africa, Baby.

  • Pete_Tong - 2011-01-14 13:12

    aaaaaaaawwwwww will dun Jaykop!!! gooood jowess law-ya!!! Thousands to pick from and your choice is a bad seed :S like a fly is to shit I suppose!

  • Mike - 2011-01-14 13:14

    When is the media going to get it. It's got nothing to do with skills, knowledge or experience, but everything to do with ANC cadre loyalty. Zuma wants to make double sure the NPA NEVER drag him or any other senior ANC cadre before a court of law again.

  • Brandon96end - 2011-01-14 13:15

    How many corrupt **** can one government handle? Really? I ask you.

      Pleb - 2011-01-14 13:31

      They are all tarred with the same brush

      Radrodent - 2011-01-14 13:53

      I agree Brandon. I beg of anyone to show me an ANC MP without any form of criminal record or pending charges again him/her.

  • pop101 - 2011-01-14 13:15

    First thought were: "What's new pussycat...waaaaaaiwaa"

  • shmaakthis - 2011-01-14 13:18

    what next from shower head and the pea brains???

  • Thandi - 2011-01-14 13:25

    So they should fit right in with the rest of their cadre's. Viva Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • Roosta - 2011-01-14 13:30

    Bunch of stupid monkeys with no heart for their people. How dumb can people be to keep voting for this corrupt system....and they wonder why they still dont have proper housing, health and schooling sytems. Millions of rands meant for the poor go into these fast bastards pockets to by more black Range Rovers and more blue light BullSH!T

  • Pleb - 2011-01-14 13:30

    So what do you expect ? Soort soek soort !

  • Pleb - 2011-01-14 13:31

    So what do you expect ? Soort soek soort !

  • Adrian - 2011-01-14 13:32

    Thats a pre-requisite , isn't it

  • eugene.alberts1 - 2011-01-14 13:34

    He has to appoint one from withinn the ANC, thus he has nothing better to choose from.

  • Mart - 2011-01-14 13:34

    if she was not found guilty, then how does she get this job ! I thought the benchmark was that you have to at least be guilty before you qualify for such a high post ?...but jokes aside, at this rate I have huge doubts that 'we' are ever going to get it right. Let us now do something completly different and focus just for one week on things that Government may be doing right..... and above board !

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-14 14:16

      Sorry mart, theres not one thing they do right, and they only have a bunch of criminals to choose from every one of them

  • eugene.alberts1 - 2011-01-14 13:35

    He can only appoint from within the ANC thus he has nothing better to choose from.

  • Cynical Sci - 2011-01-14 13:39

    Scanning the news and comments today, I've been really struck by how few pro-ANC commentst there are. There are usally more than this.

      Radrodent - 2011-01-14 13:59

      The pro ANC commentators are still stealing stuff. They will be back later.

  • kjac - 2011-01-14 13:42

    and zuma don't give a shit about what we say. I wonder if he has a swiss bank account?

  • ji - 2011-01-14 13:42

    typical corrupt ANC and as for zuma , dont expect any brains there .

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-14 13:42

    I'm hating these retarded, corrupted, lower IQ then a brick goverment of the ANC more and more by the day. It's incredible what you can achieve if backed-up by millions of idiots! To hell with the ANC, to hell with Zuma!

      shmaakthis - 2011-01-14 13:56

      spot on !!!

  • jdeeathome - 2011-01-14 13:54

    eish, this country is in trouble, the law protects the criminals and in turn criminals become high flyers in the NPA, i'd love to look through their cv's. i am sure it reads like a novel

  • thatcomputerguy3 - 2011-01-14 13:58

    I can only but lower my head in shame. I am at a loss for words. The world is laughing at us and our government don't care. Anyone know when Bob Mugabe is arriving? I'm sure Zum Zum will deputise him as well. - 2011-01-14 14:20

      I think you are wrong - the world just don't give a toss. If they did, we would have seen way more outcry about the whole arms deal saga way back then already. As it stands, everyone out there accepts this is Africa - corruption, dishonesty, nepotism and anarchy are accepted government concepts.

  • vandermerwe.martin - 2011-01-14 14:01

    There is no one else with a clean record, the entire nation is corrupt.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-01-14 14:02

    JZ should not be the President in the first place..I'm sure there are intelligent Zulu people out there who would have done an outstanding job. This appointment is a boot in the face to black people as it insults the hardworking professionals who are overlooked as they are do not have the govt contacts or the right political connections..

  • AndV - 2011-01-14 14:04

    Everything about him is dogged. He lacks proper justment and should have been jailed for corruption with his "terminally ill" friend long ago. The only good thing about him is that he seems to be a friendly chappie. Name one decenst appointment he has made.

  • Eden Publish - 2011-01-14 14:05

    What happened to 'A person is innocent until found guilty'? If somebody is charged with anything and thereafter found innocent, then surely it is of no consequence. Why mention it in the media, at all? The administration of our justice system is fallible, granted, but we have to be consistent...the media has a duty of care to publish responsibly.

  • Bill - 2011-01-14 14:07

    WTF! Poloyatonki has not said his 2 cents worth here yet....Somethings up!

      Marc - 2011-01-14 15:03

      ANC, including Donkeydick, Pig (Kolobe) and the rest don't wek on a Friday aftanoen.

      FuzzyStorm - 2011-01-14 16:09

      polidonkey was not able to get on the corruption bandwagon despite all of his pro ANC ranting. His boss found out that affiramtive action Poli was doing any work and fired him. Hence no more internet access!

  • Stryder - 2011-01-14 14:08

    Remember that the prez must look better than his fellow gang members. The only reason he appoints them.

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-14 14:10

    An ANC Comrade is the closest thing to a Homo Sapien that I have ever seen. Only when their mouths open you can tell that they are not.

  • rethan - 2011-01-14 14:11

    bunch of monkeys. Go back top the bush.

  • TALKSTRAIGHT - 2011-01-14 14:11

    Still too honest to be in government so then work for the NPA first to squash a few difficult corruption cases involving ANC "struggle comrades"

  • ronbonjon - 2011-01-14 14:18

    So how do these idiots get voted in when everyone is against him? - the votes must be rigged

      franssmith100 - 2011-01-14 18:49

      no, it si because the voters are dummer than they are... and we thought it could not be possible.. - sadly, it is!

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-01-14 14:22

    Slowely but surly Zuma and his thugs are surrounding themseleves with yes men and woman. Already the new elite are becoming untouchable. They make the pre 94 gvernment look like angels. Remember where the ANC got there lessons from, Cuba, East Germany, Soviet Union, Romania and North Korea. These were all beacons of freedom and prosperity with human rights for all.

      The Baas - 2011-01-14 15:13

      Robert Mugabe did exactly the same, ring fencing himself with ZANU PF. They all become so dirty that they inadvertently are sworn to silence.........DODGY BASTERDS.

  • multicon - 2011-01-14 14:29

    What is South African politics is not dodgy? Anyone?

  • - 2011-01-14 14:34

    Same Shit Different Day, needs to pay back all those who helped in the past really makes SA a laughing stock with corrupt officials and goverment, what ever you want for a price. ViVa ANC ViVa

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  • Ingie - 2011-01-14 14:44

    wink wink say no more!!! the more crooks they can employ the better

  • Tummi - 2011-01-14 14:55

    Same story different day