Deputy prosecution head, Nomgcobo Jiba has revealed that she welcomes the inquiry into her capability to hold office. However, Jiba explained that she felt betrayed by her own organisation after being 'paraded' in front of the court.
Nomgcobo Jiba has welcomed the inquiry into her ability to hold office, explaining that it allows her to speak freely about her opinions on the National Prosecuting Authority.
The deputy prosecutions head has taking the stand to address evidence relating to the part she played in the arrest of Gerrie Nel, the Richard Mdluli debacle and the application to strike her from the advocate roll.
During her opening comments, the advocate commented on the shocking evidence submitted last month:
"I was shocked to learn that people who I considered my colleagues and committed patriots felt that I was not qualified to lead the NPA. The testimony of Advocate Breytenbach and Mister Hofmeyr, in particular, revealed a deep resentment that a young, black, African woman had been promoted to this leadership position."
According to Eyewitness News, Jiba expressed her gratitude to be able to defend herself against the criticism leveled against her after remaining silent for years.
However, the advocate insisted that there was no substance to the evidence submitted against her, saying that:
"I have never felt so betrayed by my own institution in my entire life when I was paraded before a court as a criminal, merely for exercising a discretion."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jiba was disappointed but hurt that the NPA had found it so easy to turn the tables on her and prosecute her for simply doing her job while those that had something to answer for were left unattended.
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