NPA to set the record straight over Jiba summons

The NPA will hold a press conference today to provide clarity over a summons issued on its deputy head.

FILE: The National Prosecuting Authority will hold a press conference today, to provide clarity over a summons issued on its deputy head. Picture: EWN

GAUTENG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) wants to set the record straight in the ongoing confusion surrounding a summons issued on the deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, and has called a press conference today.

A spat is brewing between the NPA and the South African Police Service (SAPS), with each law enforcement agency providing different versions of events.

The NPA announced on Tuesday that Jiba was Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) and a summons had been served for her to appear in court on charges of perjury and fraud next month.

NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana is scheduled to address, what the NPA are calling, a misunderstanding created around the issue of the summons.

It's understood Jiba reported for duty on Thursday after two days of being AWOL.

Nxasana has come out strongly to defend the conduct of the NPA saying the organisation acted within the law and according to procedure.

He says prosecutors have worked closely with police investigators in the matter, a claim the police have denied, insisting the investigating officer was not consulted, and the NPA had jumped the gun.

CHARGE SHEET & SUMMONS

Earlier, senior police officials told EWN that a summons for Jiba shows the NPA is driving a case against her.

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

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

EWN understands that Colonel Boats Botha was handed the subpoena by advocate Jan Ferreira on Tuesday.

Just after 6am on Wednesday, he and Butler went to Jiba's home at a private golf estate and to her office to try and serve it on her.

Botha later received a call from Major-General Norman Taioe saying the national commissioner wanted to know what was going on and he was told he would no longer be involved in the case.

Senior police sources insist Taioe has been the investigating officer on this case since January and not Botha and the national commissioner is angry Taioe wasn't consulted before the summons was issued.

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