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NPA boss denies having an agenda against Jiba

Mxolisi Nxasana says anyone who thinks the NPA has a hidden agenda, should challenge it in court.

FILE: Mxolisi Nxasana says anyone who thinks the NPA has a hidden agenda, should challenge it in court. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) on Friday challenged the police or any party claiming that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had an agenda to challenge them in court.

He made the comments while addressing media in Pretoria on the matter related to the summons issued for his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba.

Nxasana said he was deeply disturbed by the events over the last few days and by the allegations of an agenda being pursued by the NPA.

"It's a concern that when police came to serve a summons on Jiba, suddenly National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and top brass stepped in."

Nxasana dismissed allegations made against the authority, particularly by police spokesperson Solomon Makgale.

"I hereby invite him and anyone that claims the NPA has any particular agenda to do that in a formal statement so that people can bind themselves to what they're saying."

He said it's disheartening for him to be in a position where he's accused of ulterior motives.

"I told Phiyega that this is not the first time this is happening."

He says that prosecutors have done everything by the book.

"The NPA had done absolutely nothing wrong in this whole matter and as far as I'm concerned, the summons that was served is a legitimate document."

EWN is in possession of the summons and charge sheet issued for Jiba in relation to her handling of the prosecution of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

The issue has sparked a public rift between the NPA and SAPS, with the police claiming the NPA jumped the gun in issuing the summons.

The summons is signed by the NPA head and by police officer Lieutenant-Colonel Butler and is supported by an eight-page charge sheet.

At the same time, Nxasana is already facing an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

Those close to Nxasana said he knew this approach was a gamble but he doesn't care anymore.

Nxasana knows that he might be toast after the media briefing. He just has to look at the last NDPP who challenged political power and see how his career ended.

They say he is tired of interference and perceptions that there are untouchable people.

To see Jiba's summons and charge sheet, click here.