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High Court to rule on Nomgcobo Jiba's suspension today

The DA says Jiba cannot be left on in her position because she’s been acting to protect people close to Zuma.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape High Court will this morning rule on whether Deputy National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head, advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, must be suspended after being accused of acting for President Jacob Zuma at the institution.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) asked the court to force Zuma to suspend Jiba and institute disciplinary proceedings after she was strongly criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in cases relating to the so-called Zuma spy tapes, and Richard Mdluli.

The DA has argued that Jiba cannot be left on in her position because she's been acting to protect people close to Zuma.

They've referred to the criticism from the SCA, who said her decision to withdraw charges against Mdluli was wrong and that she had behaved improperly in not handing over the so-called Zuma spy tapes to the DA.

But Jiba has said it's scandalous of the DA to try and force her out, saying it's a bid to undermine the independence of the NPA.

She was charged with perjury in the failed attempt to prosecute former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen, but those charges were withdrawn by new NPA head advocate Shaun Abrahams.

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