All-out war de­clared in the NPA

CityPress - - News - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­press.co.za

Deputy Na­tional Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Nomg­cobo Jiba has al­ways boasted of her in­flu­ence and political con­nec­tions.

That is what her col­league and fel­low deputy di­rec­tor, Wil­lie Hofmeyr, says about her in his af­fi­davit served on the par­ties in­volved on Fri­day – in re­sponse to the DA’s court ap­pli­ca­tion to force Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to in­sti­tute an in­quiry into her fit­ness to hold of­fice.

Hofmeyr, the for­mer head of the As­set For­fei­ture Unit (AFU), says in his af­fi­davit that while she was act­ing di­rec­tor, “Jiba openly boasted about her close re­la­tion­ship with [then] min­is­ter of jus­tice [ Jeff Radebe], and how she could per­suade him to do what­ever was needed for the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA)”.

Hofmeyr also wrote that Jiba pre­vi­ously en­gaged “in ac­tiv­i­ties that are in sup­port of political group­ings”, and, in the cor­rup­tion trial of Jackie Selebi, “tried to as­sist those close to then Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki”.

Hofmeyr also took a swipe at his boss, Shaun Abra­hams, for hav­ing launched an “un­war­ranted and un­founded at­tack on my in­tegrity in his af­fi­davit”.

“Shortly af­ter his as­sump­tion of of­fice, he re­moved me from my po­si­tion as head of the AFU, which I had oc­cu­pied with suc­cess for many years. He made me head of the le­gal affairs divi­sion.

“He has [now] re­moved from my su­per­vi­sion all cases deal­ing with al­le­ga­tions of un­eth­i­cal con­duct by Ms Jiba and other se­nior NPA of­fi­cials, and has in­di­cated that he or his per­sonal ad­viser would deal with such cases,” reads the af­fi­davit.

Hofmeyr’s af­fi­davit was con­firmed by for­mer NPA head Mx­olisi Nx­as­ana. Radebe was al­leged to have been in­stru­men­tal in Nx­as­ana’s de­par­ture from of­fice.

Their sub­mis­sions were in re­sponse to Abra­hams’ af­fi­davit, in which he al­leges Hofmeyr plot­ted to bring down Jiba. In her af­fi­davit, Jiba says she acted in good faith.

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