The parliament’s justice committee has decided that Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi should not be restored to their former positions. Jiba was a deputy national director of public prosecutions,and Mrwebi headed the special directorate of public prosecutions.
The committee found no compelling reasons for them to be restored to office, a key requirement by the NPA Act if parliament is to overrule President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to fire them.
The justice committees in the two Houses said, in separate meetings, they agreed to the axing of the two former NPA senior prosecutors.
The Mokgoro Inquiry had made adverse findings against the two prosecutors and Ramaphosa used that report to axe them early in the year.
Chairperson of the justice committee Bulelani Mgwanishe said an overwhelming number of MPs agreed that Jiba and Mrwebi had to go.
“Both the NPA Act and the High Court made a point that this matter be done and dispensed with. The overwhelming majority of the members have not found compelling reasons to restore Mrwebi and Jiba,” said Mgwanishe.
Jiba had already notified parliament that she has decided she does not want to be restored to her position. She withdrew her application to the Western Cape high court to set aside Mokgoro’s inquiry into her fitness to hold office.
However the committee's recommendation would come before the National Assembly for ratification.