Ramaphosa announces inquiries into prosecutors Jiba, Mrwebi

Ramaphosa announces inquiries into prosecutors Jiba, Mrwebi

The president says the matter will continue to taint the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) until the allegations are dealt with.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced inquiries into Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba and the Special Director of Public Prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi. 

The president has given the two until the 10th of August to give reasons as to why they should not be suspended pending the inquiries into their fitness to hold office. 

The two were only recently re-instated after a split judgement by the Supreme Court of appeal overturned a high court ruling that struck them both from the Roll of Advocates.

The General Council of the Bar has cited the split by the Supreme Court of Appeal judges in its application to the Constitutional Court to appeal the ruling.

Jiba and Mrwebi were taken to task over their handling of the case against the former head of crime intelligence at the police Richard Mdluli.

Ramaphosa wrote to the pair expressing his concern over the allegations against them, while also highlighting the importance of the NPA's credibility.

"Doubt about the fitness and integrity of any one in so senior a position as you hold jeopardises this trust and the ability of the NPA as a whole," Ramaphosa reportedly wrote.

Ramaphosa says the allegations will continue to have a negative impact on the NPA until they are dealt with.

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