Jiba waits on green light from NPA to re­turn to work

Cape Times - - NEWS - Mary Jane Mphahlele

LAWYERS for sus­pended deputy pros­e­cu­tions boss, Nomg­cobo Jiba, are wait­ing for the green light from the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) for her to re­turn to work, fol­low­ing her vic­tory in court ear­lier this week.

The Supreme Court of Ap­peal this week over­turned a high court judg­ment which dis­barred her, along­side spe­cial direc­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions Lawrence Mr­webi.

Jiba was placed on spe­cial leave af­ter the high court ruled against her.

Jiba’s lawyer, Zola Ma­javu, told In­de­pen­dent Me­dia: “She is ready to be back at the of­fice… As soon as her em­ployer says she can re­port for duty she will be will­ing and ready to re­port.”

NPA spokesper­son Lu­vuyo Mfaku said there was noth­ing pre­vent­ing Jiba from re­turn­ing to her of­fice.

How­ever, Ma­juva said the NPA would have to com­mu­ni­cate with Jiba on her re­turn.

Ma­javu said it served no pur­pose for Jiba to be on spe­cial leave be­cause her ap­peal had come and gone.

“Yes­ter­day we wrote back to them (NPA) to say that now that the ap­peal has come and gone, what is your re­sponse.

“It is up to the em­ployer to say to us she must come back to work to­mor­row (Fri­day) or Mon­day or she must wait any other mat­ter or as the case may be.

“She can­not just rock up like that,” he said.

The Gen­eral Coun­cil of the Bar of SA (GCB) said it will con­sider the court rul­ing and make a de­ci­sion over the week­end.

GCB chair­per­son Vuyani Ngal­wana said: “The Jiba mat­ter (is) on the agenda.

“We have so­licited the views of coun­sels who rep­re­sented the GCB at the SCA to give their as­sess­ment of the judg­ment.

“We will take that into ac­count and for­mu­late a view prob­a­bly by next week”.

Ngal­wana said the fi­nal de­ci­sion rested with the court and the GCB wouldl only “con­sider the judg­ment and take a view”.

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