NPA, SAPS at loggerheads over Jiba’s summons

NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana says he was surprised when the SAPS chief called him about a summons issued for Jiba.

FILE: Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service says there's nothing untoward about National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega's two phone calls to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana about the summons that has been issued for his deputy Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba.

Yesterday Nxasana said he'd told Phiyega it was wrong to try to intervene in the case after the police accused the NPA of jumping the gun with the summons. The prosecutions boss added the police were not telling the truth and that the summons had been properly issued.

Earlier police claimed the NPA was wrong to issue a statement saying Jiba had been avoiding officers.

Jiba is facing two counts of fraud and one of perjury, relating to the failed prosecution of KwaZulu Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

Nxasana said he was surprised when Phiyega phoned him about a summons he says was issued for Jiba.

But the police's Solomon Makgale says she had the right to intervene as the two organisations have to work together.

"There is nothing untoward about the national commissioner phoning to say we understand that the NPA has issued a summon while we are still busy with an investigation. The investigation is not complete."

The NPA and police are meeting tomorrow to discuss this issue.

'JIBA'S NPA CAREER COULD BE OVER'

Questions were being asked on Tuesday morning about whether the deputy head of NPA's career was over because she was absent without official leave and was refusing to cooperate with police.

Officers wanted to serve her with a summons to appear in court on perjury and fraud charges, but she was refusing to cooperate with officers and the NPA said she was not in her office.

It appeared that no one knew where Jiba was and her phone had been switched off.

JIBA NOT PREPARED TO COMMENT

Jiba has told Eyewitness News (EWN) she will speak to her boss about claims she's avoiding police as soon as she's able to see him.

But she also says she doesn't fully understand all the reports swirling around her.

When EWN was able to speak to Jiba, her manner was abrupt.

She said that she was not prepared to comment on these claims, that she didn't even understand all of the reports about her and that she would speak to the National Director of Public Prosecutions as soon as she gets to see him.

Jiba has been seen as the focal point in a power struggle with Nxasana.

Nxasana asked President Jacob Zuma to suspend her after the Supreme Court of Appeal strongly criticised her conduct in cases relating to former police Crime Intelligence Unit head Richard Mdluli and the so-called Zuma spy tapes.