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Corruption Watch ‘concerned’ about NPA

Corruption Watch says developments in the NPA are as worrying as those in the police.

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

PRETORIA - Corruption Watch says it believes prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams' decision to go against the recommendations of the prosecutors on the case against his deputy Nomgcobo Jiba is yet another example of unstable and inappropriate leadership in state institutions.

Eyewitness News revealed today that a legal opinion which recommended the case against Jiba go ahead was disregarded.

Abraham's move to scrap the case is now the subject of a legal challenge by Freedom Under Law which argues it was unlawful and irrational.

LISTEN: NPA head ignores advice to charge Jiba.

Jiba was facing fraud and perjury charges for allegedly unlawfully authorising racketeering charges against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

Abrahams confirmed publicly in August that he requested a review of the prosecution decision against his deputy and that he asked the prosecutors for a legal opinion.

Despite the prosecutors arguing that they had a strong case the head of the specialised commercial crime unit withdrew the charges.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says developments in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are as worrying as those in the police.

The NPA has declined to comment.