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Judge to rule whether FUL vs Jiba matter is urgent

The rights orgnisation brought an application to have Jiba & her colleague suspended & disciplined.

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

PRETORIA - The question of the urgency of Freedom Under Law's (FUL) application to have deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocate Nomgcobo Jiba suspended dominated proceedings in the High Court in Pretoria yesterday.

The rights organisation brought the application to have Jiba and her colleague advocate Lawrence Mrwebi suspended and disciplined.

Several judgments since 2013, including those in the Richard Mdluli and Johan Booysen matters, have identified impropriety in their conduct and questioned their integrity.

Counsel for all the respondents argued that FUL's application was not urgent because the issues at hand date back as far as 2013.

They further argued that there are already two other court matters underway which raise questions surrounding the judicial findings against Jiba and Mrwebi.

However, advocate Max du Plessis told the court that FUL only recently came into possession of a report which makes damning findings against the pair

He said the situation is untenable, and the longer the two advocates remain in their positions the more damage is done to the NPA's integrity.

Judge Bill Prinsloo will rule tomorrow whether the matter is urgent or not.

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