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'Spy tapes ruling proves Jiba unfit for office'

The SCA slammed Nomgcobo Jiba’s conduct while running the NPA.

Deputy NPA head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution says yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to release the Zuma spy tapes is proof that deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba is unfit for office.

The court slammed Jiba's conduct in the case, saying the way the NPA had conducted itself demeaned the institution in the eyes of the public.

The court has previously condemned Jiba's conduct for her role in the decision to withdraw charges against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

Casac's Lawson Naidoo says, "I think this really does bring the NPA into disrepute and there are certainly now sufficient grounds for her removal from office."

On Thursday, five judges ruled the NPA must hand over the recordings used as justification to withdraw criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

But they also said the NPA's conduct in the case was not worthy of its office.

In 2009, the NPA said those conversations were proof of a conspiracy against the president and thus it had to withdraw the corruption charges he faced.

The DA said it needed the tapes as part of its court application to overturn that decision.