Jiba ‘hurt and offended’ by media scrutiny

Fraud & perjury charges against Jiba have been withdrawn following an announcement by the NPA head.

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

PRETORIA - Deputy Prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba says she feels hurt and is offended by the way she has been portrayed in the media.

She was speaking at a briefing this afternoon, just hours after fraud and perjury charge s against her were withdrawn in the Commercial Crimes Court.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams made the announcement yesterday after obtaining legal opinion that there was no reasonable prospect of successful prosecution.

While Jiba says she feels vindicated by the NPA's decision, she says that she's been treated unfairly in the public domain.

"I've been very hurt. I have been called names. I have felt very insulted."

She however says she remains committed to the NPA.

"I don't want to dwell on the merits and demerits of the case. It's suffice to say and what I want to tell you today is that whenever I make decisions, I make them on the basis on the evidence available before me."

She has also denied that she is working in the NPA to protect President Jacob Zuma from prosecution.

Questioned bluntly on whether she was protecting Zuma, Jiba made it clear she holds no brief for anyone.

"I can't work for President Zuma because I'm a prosecutor. My responsibility is to prosecute without fear, favour or prejudice."

Jiba says she never refused to hand over the so-called spy tapes in the fraud and corruption matter involving the president.

"The spy tapes have always been in the custody of the State Security. All they needed to do was to collect them from the State Security."

She says she is being treated unfairly by the General Council of the Bar (GCB), which has brought an application to have her struck off the roll of advocates.

The GCB brought the application against Jiba following several court findings which questioned her conduct as an advocate.

The deputy prosecutions boss has raised questions about why the GCB has targeted her, saying she has always made legal decisions in good faith.

"I find it strange; many prosecutors have been criticised many times, many advocates have been criticised by judges, and the GCB has never brought an application to have them struck off the roll."

Jiba says she hopes that now that the fraud and perjury case has been dropped, she can focus on her responsibilities at the NPA.