DA's Jiba challenge postponed after judge's mom dies

2016-02-02 11:06
Nomgcobo Jiba (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Nomgcobo Jiba (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance's application to have deputy national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba suspended was called off on Tuesday because the judge's mother had died.

The DA had intended arguing its case that President Jacob Zuma had failed to act over several grievances against Jiba.

When the party had asked Zuma why he had not suspended her for a disciplinary inquiry, Zuma said that he was waiting for the outcome of a General Council of the Bar application to have her struck off the roll as an advocate.

The DA did not accept this and decided to challenge this in court.

However, now they will have to wait for a new date to be set for their application to be heard, after it was called off for Judge Mokgoatji Dolamo to attend to personal matters.

According to the DA, Jiba had lied to the court, failed to comply with court orders, ignored deadlines, failed to exercise an independent mind and shielded "irrational and illegal actions from judicial scrutiny”.

One of the issues the DA has with Jiba is that when the opposition won an application for access to the controversial Zuma "spy tapes", Jiba said she would only hand them over if Zuma's lawyers agreed.

The DA was shocked by this. The tapes purportedly contain conversations that indicate that there was interference in the course of investigating the corruption charges Zuma and a French arms company had faced.

The charges were withdrawn by former National Director of Public Prosections Mokotedi Mpshe.

Read more on:    npa  |  nomgcobo jiba  |  jacob zuma  |  mokotedi mpshe  |  judiciary

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