Jiba no longer wants NPA reinstatement

Jiba no longer wants NPA reinstatement

Beleaguered advocate Nomgcobo Jiba has ditched attempts to be reinstated as a deputy national director of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

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This comes after several attempts to halt the parliamentary process to confirm or revoke President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to dismiss her.

 

In August, Jiba turned to the Western Cape High Court in her bid to be reinstated in one of the NPA's top post but failed to make representations.

 

Last week, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services resolved to give Jiba another opportunity to furnish them with representations on why she should be reinstated.

 

In a suddent turn of event, Jiba submitted a letter to Speaker Thandi Modise stating that she would no longer be seeking restoration of her job.

 

In the letter Jiba states that she has taken a decision to move on with her life.

 

"I have taken a decision to move on with my life. I do not seek any restoration by the parliament back to my position in the NPA. For this reason, I will not make any representation in this regard," the letter reads.

 

"My legal challenge to the decision of the President as well as the Mokgoro Inquiry was a principled one, which was meant to vindicate prosecutorial independence."

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Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo confirmed the decision by Jiba.

 

"Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba has written to National Assembly Speaker Ms Thandi Modise stating that she would not be seeking restoration by Parliament to her position in the National Prosecuting Authority," says Mothapo.

 

In April, the Jiba was axed from the NPA by Ramaphosa, following a recommendation by the Mokgoro Inquiry into her and fellow top prosecutor Lawrence Mrwebi’s fitness to hold office.

 

The Justice and Correctional Services in Parliament is yet to deliberate on the matter.

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