Manuel: Jiba ruling proves state institutions are incompetent

Trevor Manuel says today's damning high court ruling paints a bleak picture about key state institutions.

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance minister Trevor Manuel says the ruling by the High Court in Pretoria to remove two senior leaders of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) from the Roll of Advocates, proves state institutions are incompetent.

Manuel was speaking on the sidelines of the two-day ethics conference in Midrand.

The court has found that Deputy Prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba and Specialised Commercial Crime Unit head Lawrence Mrwebi have brought the prosecuting authority, legal profession and the office of the president into disrepute.

The general counsel of the bar applied to the high court to have them struck from the roll following several adverse judicial findings against them.

Manuel says today's damning high court ruling paints a bleak picture about key state institutions.

"Our key state institutions are now staffed by people who are not fit to hold the office."

He says everyone must be concerned.

"We have forfeited the responsibility of leadership to those who are involved and are driven by veiled instincts rather than the values of service."

Manuel says what is happening in the country today is not what they envisioned when they fought against the apartheid system.