Tuesday, 03 December 2019 18:45

The National Assembly has agreed to remove Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi as senior prosecutors in the NPA. 

Members of the National Assembly said they support the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Jiba and Mrwebi in April following an inquiry headed by retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro.

The inquiry found they were not "fit and proper to hold their respective offices".

The decision had to be referred to Parliament to determine whether Jiba and Mrwebi should be reinstated,or whether they should be fired.

During the adoption of the report chairperson of the justice committee Bulelani Magwanishe said Ramaphosa had followed the law in firing the two former senior prosecutors in the NPA.

The committee found that the President complied with the provisions of section 12(6)(a) and (b) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act.

According to the Act, Parliament’s role in this process is that, within 30 days of the message referred to by the President being tabled in Parliament or as soon thereafter as is reasonably possible, it must pass a resolution on whether or not to recommend the restoration to office of the National Director or Deputy National Director so removed. The Act further states that the President shall restore the National Director or Deputy National Director to his or her office if Parliament so resolves.

He said after all due processes the committee had come to the conclusion that Jiba and Mrwebi must not be restored as prosecutors.