NPA inquiry report finds Jiba and Mrwebi not fit to hold office

NPA inquiry report finds Jiba and Mrwebi not fit to hold office

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro has handed her report on advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi over to President Cyril Ramaphosa and it does not bode well for the pair. Mokgoro, who led the inquiry into the two NPA advocates, has recommended that the two are not fit to hold office.

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Retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro has recommended to President Cyril Ramaphosa that Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi are neither fit nor proper to hold their offices within the National Prosecuting Authority.

The Justice had led the inquiry into the pair and handed her report over to Ramaphosa at the beginning of the month.

In the report, Mokgoro recommended that the Deputy-National Director of Public Prosecutions and the Special Director of Public Prosecutions should be removed from office, reported News24.

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Eyewitness News reported that the pair had been found to have compromised integrity and lack of leadership, adding that they were dishonest and failed to maintain a high standard of professional ethics and accountability.

Mokgoro reportedly commented in the report that the pair had failed in their functions:

"Jiba and Mrwebi have been involved in litigation in both their personal and official capacities over the years. They have, however, failed to introspect and reflect on the issues which have beset the NPA with their involvement, as reflected in this report."

In 2018, the Supreme Court of Appeal had overturned a High Court ruling that the two should be struck from the advocates' roll.

The General Council of the Bar of South Africa has filed papers at the Constitutional Court for permission to appeal this ruling, but the court has reserved judgement on the matter.

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