Casac: We need answers from Zuma on Jiba matter

Over the last two years Nomgcobo Jiba has been strongly criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says the Presidency has evaded the question in its response to whether President Jacob Zuma is going to take action against deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba.

Over the last two years Jiba has been strongly criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal in cases relating to Richard Mdluli and the Zuma spy tapes and faces perjury charges relating to another case.

In its response to the question posed by Eyewitness News, the Presidency said it was aware of the judgments against Jiba and was consulting with the justice minister about whether an intervention was permissible or warranted.

But Casac's Lawson Naidoo said this doesn't answer the question.

"The president and the minister would have had ample time to examine those judgments, and given the severity of the criticism directed against Advocate Jiba, it is surely incumbent on the president to remove her from office pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office."

Last week Zuma ordered the Cassim inquiry into NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana be cancelled, just as it was due to start, without giving a full explanation.