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Ramaphosa fires Jiba, Mrwebi

The Mokgoro Commission found the pair neither fit nor proper to hold their respective offices.

FILE: Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba at the Mokgoro inquiry on 21 February. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN.

PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa has fired advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi, bringing an end to their tumultuous careers at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The commission chaired by retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro found the pair neither fit nor proper to hold their respective offices.

The commission found them to be dishonest, lacking in integrity and could no longer be entrusted with the duties that came with their offices.

The Presidency said that President Ramaphosa sent letters to Jiba and Mrwebi on Thursday night, informing him of his decision to fire them.

Last night marked six months since the pair were suspended and the Mokgoro Commission was established to investigate their fitness to hold office.

The president was left with very little choice considering the damning nature of the findings against the two advocates.

Ramaphosa’s decision must be referred to Parliament within the next two weeks.

Parliament then has 30 days to consider the president’s decision and decide whether to uphold the decision or to reject it and restore Jiba and Mrwebi to their positions.