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23 May 2016
8:09 am

High court set to make Jiba judgment


'The DA will not allow the president’s inaction to topple the law or the integrity of the SA justice system.'

National Prosecuting Authority head, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba during a media briefing on August 18, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jiba finally spoke out on the fraud and perjury charges against that were brought against by the NPA. The charges were withdrawn yesterday. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Cornel van Heerden).

The Western Cape High Court is set to hand down judgment on Monday in the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) application to have the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (DNDPP) Nomgcobo Jiba suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

In March, the DA argued that President Jacob Zuma’s failure to suspend Jiba was unlawful and tainted by ulterior motives and bias. Accordingly the DA asked the court to do what Zuma would not and suspend Jiba.

“The DA will not allow the president’s inaction to topple the rule of law or the integrity of the South African criminal justice system. The DA trusts the court will do what the president should have done in the first place,” the party said in a statement.

The DA contends that Zuma ignored compelling grounds for suspending Jiba, notably that she has been criticised by judges in four different courts.

“She stands accused of lying to the court, failing to comply with court orders, ignoring deadlines, failing to exercise an independent mind, and ‘shielding irrational and illegal actions from judicial scrutiny’,” DA spokeswoman Glynnis Breytenbach, herself a former NPA prosecutor, said earlier.