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DA appeals for Jiba's removal

The party's Glynnis Breytenbach says there are several reasons why Jiba is not fit for her post.

Deputy NPA head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the justice minister must recommend to President Jacob Zuma that deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba be removed from office following the spy tapes ruling.

Last week, five judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) said that the way Jiba had conducted herself while running the NPA was not worthy of her office.

She has also been previously criticised in other rulings.

The deputy NPA head has also been asked to provide proof that she is an admitted advocate.

The DA's Glynnis Breytenbach says there are several reasons why Jiba is not fit for her post.

"The North Gauteng High Court found that she misled them deliberately and the KwaZulu-Natal High Court slated her in the Booysen matter."

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.

Last week, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution said the SCA ruling is proof that Jiba is unfit for 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.