Abrahams refuses to comment on Jiba in Parly

Abrahams told MPs he couldn’t say why his decision to make Jiba head of prosecutions was based on merit.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha (left), National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (centre) and Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba (right) at the NPA's head office in Pretoria on 7 July 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams says it would be irresponsible for him to comment on his decision to make Nomgcobo Jiba national head of prosecutions, as the matter is before the courts.

Abrahams, who's been presenting the NPA'S annual report to Parliament's Justice Committee, earlier defended Jiba's appointment.

It's controversial because her conduct has been criticised in two court judgments and she is also the focus of a Pretoria Bar Council probe.

There was drama as two Democratic Alliance (DA) Members of Parliament (MPs) stormed out of the committee after chairperson Mathole Motshekga refused to allow any further discussion of the issue.

Abrahams told MPs he couldn't say why his decision to make Jiba head of prosecutions was based on merit.

"It will be irresponsible for me to comment in public or in this forum on a matter on which I am expected to file papers."

DA MP Werner Horne took issue.

"Chairperson if you'll allow me this is now mind-boggling."

Motshekga took a hard line.

"It is not the responsibility of this committee to decide on whether any official is a fit and proper person to hold office, we're not here to do that, this is not a tribunal."

Horne and fellow DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach then walked out in protest.