DA loses appeal to have Jiba suspended

The DA sought to have Nomgcobo Jiba suspended, pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has lost its application to have Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba suspended, pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Judgment in the opposition party's application was handed down in the Western Cape High Court earlier today.

The DA argued President Jacob Zuma's decision not to take action against her in light of "serious judicial criticism" of her conduct, was irrational.

Jiba, described as the second most powerful person at the NPA, is safe in her job for now.

The DA has failed to convince the court that Zuma acted irrationally when he decided not to suspend her.

Jiba's been criticised by judges in three different high profile matters.

One of them involves her decision to prosecute former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

In response to these judgments, perjury and fraud charges were brought against her and the General Council of the Bar took steps to have her removed from the roll of advocates.

But the criminal charges against Jiba were withdrawn soon after Shaun Abrahams was appointed to head the NPA.