'Nomgcobo Jiba's NPA career could be over'

Police want to issue her with a summons to appear in court on perjury and fraud charges.

FILE: Deputy head of the NPA, Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being asked on Tuesday morning about whether the deputy head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocate Nomgcobo Jiba's career is now over because she has gone Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) and is refusing to cooperate with police.

Officers want to serve her with a summons to appear in court on perjury and fraud charges relating to the failed prosecution of former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

But she's refusing to cooperate with officers and the NPA says she's not in her office.

It appears no one knows where Jiba is and her phone has been switched off.

'JIBA DEBACLE HUMILIATING FOR THE COUNTRY'

Corruption Watch head David Lewis said this must be the end of the road for her.

"I do not expect her to to survive something like this, but stranger things have happened and most of the strangest things that have happened I must say happened in the NPA/Police nexus."

Lewis said it must be humiliating for the entire country that a deputy head of the NPA is now avoiding the police.

He mentions that it's an unbelievable development.

NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana has previously asked President Jacob Zuma to suspend Jiba, but he refused the request.

Jiba has also been accused by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) of misconduct after withdrawing charges against former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

JIBA'S LEGAL WOES

Last year, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution said the SCA's ruling to release Zuma's spy tapes was proof that 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 that the organisation 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.