AfriForum to pursue charges against NPA's Jiba

The matter relates to Nomgcobo Jiba authorising racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

FILE: Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - AfriForum has announced that its private prosecuting unit will take on National Prosecuting Authority advocate Nomgcobo Jiba on charges of fraud, perjury and defeating the ends of justice.

The matter relates to Jiba authorising racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court set aside that decision on grounds that it offended the principle of legality and was unconstitutional.

Jiba was then charged with fraud and perjury but soon after she was appointed, prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams ordered that the decision to prosecute be withdrawn.

Booysen has argued that the case against him was a plot to derail the corruption case against politically connected businessman, Thoshan Panday.

AfriForum’s Kallie Kriel and Booysen made the announcement in Centurion today.

Kriel says they have filed an application for a certification declaring the NPA decision not to prosecute Jiba.

"On behalf of general Booysen, we can go ahead and prosecute advocate Jiba on three counts. The first one is fraud for the decision she took to prosecute General Booysen without facts to support that decision. There's also a perjury charge and for defeating the ends of justice."

Booysen says that everyone should be equal before the law.