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Jiba & Mrwebi brought NPA into disrepute - judge

The pair were struck off the roll of advocates following an application by the General Council of the Bar.

FILE: Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi have brought the prosecuting authority, the legal profession and the office of the president into disrepute.

The pair have been struck off the roll of advocates following an application by the General Council of the Bar.

Jiba is the deputy prosecutions boss while Mrwebi heads up the Specialised Commercial Crime unit.

They've been criticised in court rulings for stopping the prosecution of suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli and for authorising the racketeering case against suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

Judge Francis Legodi says he can't believe that Jiba and Mrwebi, as advocates and senior prosecuting authority officials, would stoop so low to protect Mdluli who had been implicated in serious offences.

He says they should have stood firm and prosecuted Mdluli on the charges of fraud and corruption.

Legodi says their behaviour diminishes the view of the country and its institutions which are meant to be impartial, independent and transparent.

Referring to anti-corruption legislation, he says Jiba should have led the NPA by example. Instead, the judge says she flouted every rule in the fight against crime.

The judge says Jiba and Mrwebi have ceased to be fit and proper persons to remain on the roll of advocates.

To read the full judgment by Judge Francis Legodi click _ here_ (part 1) and here (part 2).