Jiba concerned, aggrieved by judgment against her & will appeal

Nomgcobo Jiba’s attorney says he intends to start the process of appealing the high court’s decision.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha (left), National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (centre) and Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba (right) at the NPA's head office in Pretoria on 7 July 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Disbarred advocate Nomgcobo Jiba's attorney says his client is concerned about and aggrieved by the damning judgment against her and will apply for leave to appeal within the next week.

The High Court in Pretoria today struck Jiba and head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit Lawrence Mrwebi from the roll of advocates, finding that they were not fit and proper.

LISTEN: Mrwebi and Jiba struck off the roll of advocates.

The court ruled that the pair did everything in their power to ensure suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli did not face trial on charges of fraud and corruption.

Jiba's attorney, Zola Majavu, says he intends to start the process of appealing the high court's decision within the next week.

"She is concerned and aggrieved by the judgment because it affects not only her position but her livelihood as she may not be able to work as a practitioner."

The court found that Jiba flouted every rule in the fight against crime in her endeavour to protect Mdluli from prosecution if this decision remains unchallenged.

The General Council of the Bar says this ruling is a reminder of the high standards expected of advocates.

The National Prosecuting Authority says it is studying the judgment.

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