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'Either Zuma must fire Jiba or she must resign'

The president is the only person with the legal authority to suspend or remove the deputy NPA boss.

Deputy National Director Of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba made a brief court appearance on charges of fraud and perjury on 21 April 2015. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch head David Lewis said either President Jacob Zuma should fire deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, or she should resign.

Earlier this week, the Presidency confirmed to Eyewitness News that it was in consultation with the Justice Department about whether it needs to intervene in the NPA.

Jiba has been strongly criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in cases relating to former police Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and the Zuma spy tapes saga.

The president is the only person with the legal authority to suspend or remove Jiba, but has taken no action despite the strong criticism against her over the last two years.

Lewis said this leads to perceptions about why no action is being taken.

"The executive are intent on keeping in its possession people who are friendly to them, and that's possibly no coincidence when senior members are of the executive have reason possibly to fear actions of an independent authority."

Current NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana has also asked Zuma to suspend Jiba while the General Council of the Bar of South Africa has launched a court application saying she is not a fit and proper person to be an advocate.