Johan Booysen welcomes court’s ruling over Jiba prosecution

Nomgcobo Jiba is facing charges of fraud and perjury for the unlawful authorisation of racketeering charges against Johan Booysen.

FILE: Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen has welcomed the High Court's ruling which paves the way for deputy prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba to be prosecuted, saying she has been protected for far too long.

The full bench in Pretoria on Thursday set aside Advocate Shaun Abrahams' August 2016 decision to discontinue the case against his deputy.

Jiba is facing charges of fraud and perjury for the unlawful authorisation of racketeering charges against Booysen.

Booysen says that if Abrahams does the right and rational thing and ensures that Jiba is tried in court, he won’t have to go the private prosecution route.

AfriForum's private prosecutions unit announced last month that it had taken up the case on behalf of Booysen, however, this ruling has made that process redundant.

The effect of the court order is that fraud and perjury charges are automatically reinstated against Jiba. It is now for the NPA to set a new court date.

Abrahams withdrew charges last year, just two days before Jiba was scheduled to go on trial.

Two senior advocates advised Abrahams that they had a strong case and the decision to prosecute was sound in law.

Neither the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) nor the Presidency have reacted to the ruling.