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President Ramaphosa gives Mrwebi and Jiba until Tuesday to make representations

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has given NPA officials Advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi until Tuesday, 16 April 2019, to make representations against the inquiry report on their fitness to hold office.

President Ramaphosa has given the senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials the deadline to provide responses on the findings of an inquiry that investigated their fitness to hold office. This inquiry was chaired by retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro and heard six weeks of evidence against the duo earlier in 2019.

This inquiry was established in October 2018 by Ramaphosa, where the president suspended the duo with full pay, pending the outcome. The inquiry was tasked with looking into the duo’s prosecutorial decisions relating to politically charged cases, amongst which was the decision to drop charges against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, and pressing racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal head of Hawks Johan Booysen.

On Wednesday, 10 April 2019, President Ramaphosa met with retired Judge Mokgoro to receive the final copies of the report.

“Having provided the President with the report on 1 April 2019, Judge Mokgoro used the opportunity today to present bound copies of the report and the evidence compiled and to answer any questions of clarity the President may have had on the report.

“President Ramaphosa expressed his appreciation to Judge Mokgoro, Advocate Kgomotso Moroka SC and attorney Thenjiwe Vilakazi for their diligent and timely work,” said the Presidency.

The president has shared the report with the two advocates and has given them until Tuesday, 16 April 2019, to make representations against the report. The findings of the inquiry will be made public post the duo’s representations to the president.

Abenathi Gqomo
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