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MPs raise concern over charges against NPA officials

Mgwebi and Jiba were criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal for their role Mdluli’s case.

FILE: Mxolisi Nxasana said the NPA’s credibility has not taken a knock. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana has told Parliament the fact that one of his deputies is facing perjury charges and another has been accused of defeating the ends of justice hasn't dented the organisation's credibility.

Deputy NPA head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba faces charges of fraud and perjury after a judge strongly criticised her conduct in a case relating to the KwaZulu-Natal head of the Hawks.

The NPA's commercial crimes head Advocate Lawrence Mgwebi had charges against him struck from the roll earlier this month.

Both Mgwebi and Jiba were criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal for their role in withdrawing charges against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Werner Horn asked Nxasana how the NPA was dealing with these issues.

"We as a committee, I think are entitled to know how the NPA is dealing with this to ensure that the credibility and the effectiveness of the institution is not compromised."

Nxasana said the NPA's credibility has not taken a knock.

"So far I cannot say the fact that they are facing those charges really have prejudiced the institution. That is my view so far."