Jiba’s first court appearance exposes rift between NPA & SAPS

It's been placed on record that it was up to the NPA to decide when to prosecute Jiba, not the police.

FILE: Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy National Director Of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba has made her first court appearance, which has once again exposed the rift between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) on this matter.

Jiba faces charges of fraud and perjury for the failed prosecution of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

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Last month the police service denied having requested the warrant, accusing the NPA of jumping the gun because it believed the investigation wasn't ready to proceed to trial.

Jiba's advocate, Zola Majavu told the court there were serious irregularities related to the summons served to his client.

He said he intended calling the investigating officer, Norman Thawe, to testify about this, claiming that the detective told him that at the time the summons was issued, the investigation was nowhere near complete.

State prosecutor Jan Ferreirra placed it on record that colonel Botes Botha was in fact the investigating officer and that it was up to the NPA to decide when to prosecute, not the police.

JIBA QUESTIONS THE NPA'S CONDUCT

Jiba, meanwhile, has questioned the NPA's conduct in relation to her summons to appear in court and will call the investigator to testify when she returns to court in June.

Her advocate says the investigating officer told his client that he was unaware that a summons had been procured for her to appear in court.

"It has been said on behalf of the investigating officer that the investigation is complete, but we know for a fact that he lamented that fact. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say under oath, in the box with regards to the completeness of the investigation."

Ferreira confirmed that when the matter resumes, they will be ready to proceed with the trial.

The case returns to court on 10 June.