NPA's deputy head ‘missing’ amidst fraud and perjury charges

The NPA confirmed it's received a summons for Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba after police were unable to find her.

FILE: The NPA also said she had not been at work, nor has she applied for leave. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Tuesday confirmed it received a summons for its deputy head, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, because police are unable to find her.

The NPA also said she had not been at work, nor has she applied for leave.

The police are currently investigating charges of fraud and perjury relating to the failed prosecution of the KwaZulu-Natal head of the Hawks.

The prosecuting authority said that police served Jiba's summons on its head, Mxolisi Nxasana, because they could track her down.

She is due to appear in court on criminal charges in a month's time.

The NPA said they also couldn't find her and that she failed to respond to requests for a meeting.

It said Jiba had been given a proper opportunity to respond to the claims against her to the investigating officer but failed to do so.

She also faces a police investigation relating to her role in the decision to withdraw charges against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

JIBA'S LEGAL WOES

Last year, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution said the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling to release Jacob Zuma's spy tapes was proof that deputy Jiba was 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.

Five judges ruled the organisation must hand over the recordings used as justification to withdraw criminal charges against 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.