Deputy Head and Head Advocate of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Nomgcobo Jiba, appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court on Wednesday on charges of fraud and perjury.
The charges link to Jiba’s unsuccessful attempt to have KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen charged with racketeering and murder.
Judge Trevor Gorven, who presided over the case in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court early last year set aside the charges against Major General Booysen. In his judgement, Judge Gorven said that the case against Booysen was nowhere near meeting minimum standards.
Advocate Jiba made her first court appearance on the 21st of April this year after she refused a written subpoena a month earlier.
During her first court appearance in April, Advocate Zola Majavu, who represented Jiba, told the court that there were many irregularities with Jiba’s summons.
Since then, the presidency has come forward saying that it is cognizant of the multiple chargess levelled against Jiba and the judicial criticism she is currently experiencing. They went on to say that the presidency is currently in discussions over whether or not President Jacob Zuma should intercede in the matter regarding Jiba.
The NPA act states that only the appointed president of the country can suspend or fire the Head and the Deputy Head of the NPA, which means that only President Jacob Zuma can suspend or let Advocate Jiba go.