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NPA places Jiba, Mrwebi on special leave

Nomgcobo Jiba & Lawrence Mrwebi have been placed on special leave pending the outcome of their appeal.

NPA Generic. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has placed deputy director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba on special leave following a damning court ruling against her.

The North Gauteng High Court yesterday ruled to strike Jiba and Specialised Commercial Crimes head Lawrence Mrwebi from the roll of advocates.

The two were struck off the roll of advocates after they were found to have acted in bad faith by protecting former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli from prosecution on charges of fraud and corruption.

The prosecuting body says prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams has placed both Jiba and Mrwebi on special leave.

WATCH: Booysen: Jiba not fit to be an advocate.

It says this decision came at their request and following consultations with Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

Abrahams is said to have taken into account the integrity of the NPA, the public confidence in the NPA and the administration of justice as a whole.

The pair have both instructed their legal teams to appeal the high court ruling, which found they were no longer fit and proper persons to remain on the roll of advocates.

The judge was particularly scathing of Jiba, whom he found did everything on her power to protect Mdluli from prosecution.

The NPA says Abrahams wants this matter settled as soon as possible.

The General Council of the Bar applied to the High Court in Pretoria to have them struck from the roll following several adverse judicial findings against them.

Among the cases was Jiba's authorisation of racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

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