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Nel's award angered NPA boss

NPA boss threatened to review the body’s membership of the IAP, after it awarded advocate Gerrie Nel.

Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: whoswho.co.za.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News has learnt that National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Nomgcobo Jiba threatened to reconsider the organisation's membership of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP).

This after advocate Gerrie Nel was awarded by the IAP for his work on the case of disgraced former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

The IAP announced in July that Nel received the special achievement award for his tenacity in the face of adversity, this included attempts by Selebi's police allies and NPA officials to undermine the prosecution.

The former top cop was convicted of corruption in 2010 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Police arrested the senior state prosecutor on trumped up charges in January 2008, but later released him because of a lack of evidence.

He faced charges of, among others, fraud, defeating the ends of justice and perjury.

Eyewitness News understands the nomination supporting Nel was amended to exclude details of NPA officials who testified in Selebi's defence.

References to Special Commercial Crimes Unit head Lawrence Mrwebi and Integrity Management Unit boss Prince Mokotedi were removed.

The lines which were removed before Mrwebi had found out about it, states that he and Mokotedi unleashed unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations of theft against Nel.

It is believed Jiba felt the nomination process undermined the NPA's management because its endorsement was not needed for that award.

The NPA has ignored requests for comment.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News revealed that Jiba illegally used an intercepted cellphone conversation in her 2009 Labour Court application.

It was further established that the page from prosecutor Nel's diary submitted in her papers was part of evidence seized at the advocate's house on the day he was arrested.