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Jiba to go on trial for fraud and perjury

Nomgcobo Jiba and her legal team were officially handed a charge sheet for her trial in August.

FILE: Deputy National Director Of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Prosecuting Authority head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba will now go on trial on fraud and perjury charges in August.

Jiba made a brief court appearance this morning where a charge sheet was officially handed to her and her legal team.

She is accused of lying in a court document and in the failed prosecution of KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysens.

Jiba made her first court appearance last month and will return to court for her trial in two month time.

Last month, the presidency said it's in consultation with the Justice Ministry about whether President Jacob Zuma needs to intervene in the situation regarding Jiba.

Over the last 18 months, Jiba has been strongly criticised in two separate Supreme Court of Appeal judgments relating to her conduct in the Zuma 'spy tapes' case and in her decision to withdraw criminal charges against former police crime intelligence chief Richard Mdluli.

PRESIDENCY AWARE OF VARIOUS JUDGMENTS AGAINST JIBA

The presidency said it was aware of the various judgments and judicial criticism levelled against Jiba and is considering whether an intervention is really needed.

President Zuma has taken no action against Jiba despite the fact that that law says only he can suspend or remove her from her post.

Eyewitness News then asked the presidency whether Zuma was going to act or whether he was actually satisfied with her performance in the post.

In its formal response, the presidency said it is aware that the general council of the bar has applied to have Jiba removed from the roll of advocates.

It then said the doctrine of the separation of powers allows for exchanges between the judiciary and the executive, none of which detracts from the respective functions, which must be exercised minded, as we all are of due process and the safeguard of individual rights.

Under the NPA Act, only Zuma can suspend or remove Jiba.