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GCB applies to have Jiba struck of the roll independently

The GCB says this is not because the NPA had agreed to pay for most of the costs of the application.

FILE: Deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The General Council of the Bar (GCB) says it applied to have Deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba struck from the roll of advocates independently, and not because the NPA had agreed to pay for most of the costs of the application.

NPA head Shawn Abrahams has claimed in legal papers, the fact that his predecessor Mxolisi Nxasana agreed to pay 75 percent of the bar's legal costs, suggests there was a political motive to the application.

He was responding to a DA application to have Jiba suspended after she was criticised by judges in cases relating to Richard Mdluli and the Zuma spy tapes.

The GCB's chair advocate Jeremy Muller says they decided to launch this application after receiving a request from the NPA.

"That decision was not conditional on any cost sharing arrangement, but we felt that since these were employees of the NPA and the request that we considered doing had come from the NPA, that it would not be unfair for the NPA to share in what would be considerable costs."

He also says they lodged the first part of their bid before the NPA confirmed it would help pay for it.

Muller has confirmed Abrahams has now said that the NPA will no longer make those payments.

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