Jiba relieved NPA ‘came to its senses’

Charges of fraud and perjury were withdrawn against Nomgcobo Jiba in the Commercial Crimes Court yesterday.

Deputy Prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba arriving in court in Pretoria on 19 August 2015. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Deputy Prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba on Wedneday said she is relieved the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has come to its senses and halted her prosecution as she warned there are consequences for prosecuting someone without reason.

Charges of fraud and perjury were withdrawn against her in the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Wednesday, after the NPA declined to prosecute.

Jiba was facing criminal prosecution for authorising fraud and racketeering charges against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

She said she was ready and prepared for her trial to start.

"I was never afraid of the case going through trial. Remember, you are talking to a prosecutor. I've done a number of cases in my entire life."

She is however relieved the matter was withdrawn.

"There are consequences if you prosecute for other reasons. I feel vindicated that the NPA has come to its correct senses."

Meanwhile, Freedom Under Law and the Democratic Alliance have requested the record of decision which led to the case being dropped.