Jiba and Mrwebi axed from NPA

2019-04-26 12:13
Nomgcobo Jiba. (File Photo)

Nomgcobo Jiba. (File Photo)

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi, Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko confirmed to News24 on Friday. 

On Thursday it was revealed that retired Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro recommended Ramaphosa sack the two from the NPA.

The Presidency confirmed this recommendation in a statement on Friday, announcing that the president had informed Jiba and Mrwebi of their dismissals through letters sent to them on Thursday evening.

"The President took this action on Thursday, 25 April 2019 after studying the findings and recommendations of the Mokgoro Enquiry and affording Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Adv Jiba and Special Director of Public Prosecutions Adv Mrwebi an opportunity to respond to the outcomes," read the statement.

It further added the "inquiry has found that both officials are not fit and proper to hold their respective offices".

READ: Mokgoro inquiry: 10 damning findings against Nomgcobo Jiba & Lawrence Mrwebi

Mokgoro's report said Jiba's conduct on multiple occassions showed a "lack of conscientiousness", while Mrwebi was found to have failed to act without favour, and to the prejudice of the NPA.

Turning to Mrwebi, Mokgoro found that his decision to withdraw fraud charges against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was against the NPA Act and found that he did not act with integrity. 

Jiba and Mrwebi were suspended in October 2018 after Ramaphosa announced his decision to institute an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

ANALYSIS: Understand Mokgoro's report into Jiba, Mrwebi

Jiba issued a statement shortly after the Presidency's announcement, saying she would be taking the matter on review.

Mrwebi declined to comment, saying he would wait for the matter to be finalised in Parliament.

In its statement, the Presidency said "the President will furnish Parliament with documentation comprising his decision as communicated to Advs Jiba and Mrwebi" as per "Section 12(6) of the NPA Act".

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