Ramaphosa to institute inquiries into Nomgcobo Jiba & Lawrence Mrwebi

This decision follows an opportunity the president had afforded Nomgcobo Jiba & Lawrence Mrwebi to make submissions in August why they should not be suspended pending this enquiry.

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

PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the immediate suspension of NPA advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi and the establishment of inquiries into their fitness to hold office.

The move follows the pair making submissions in August as to why they should not be suspended pending the inquiries.

They were criticised for their handling of the decision to withdraw criminal charges against former head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli.

The High Court struck them from the roll of advocates. However, the Supreme Court overturned that decision, which has now been taken to the Constitutional Court.

The president has appointed judge Yvonne Mokgora to lead the commission of inquiry.

She’ll be assisted by advocate Kgomotso Moroka and attorney Thenjiwe Vilakazi.

The inquiry will be an internal process and not likely to be open to the media.

Ramaphosa told the pair in a letter today that he had taken into account the serious allegations made against them - and that they held senior positions within the organisation.

“I have taken into account the serious nature of allegations that you are unfit to be in so high an office, where the work of our criminal justice system is central to the critical and pressing matter of all prosecutions, especially prosecution of corruption cases and safeguard of our public purse.

“You hold a senior position with influence over a large swathe of the NPA. It is the interest of the NPA’s image as a whole that I consider here, and of the integrity of an enquiry that must result in the clearest and most convincing conclusions about the integrity, and sound leadership of the NPA.”

Evidence leader advocate Nazreen Bawa will soon develop the terms of reference for the inquiries.