There was nothing unlawful about my decision to charge Booysen – Jiba

Date: 21 Feb 2019

Jiba and her colleague advocate Lawrence Mrwebi are the subject of a commission of inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

Suspended Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba is on the stand on Thursday at the Mokgoro inquiry, speaking in her defence against damning allegations that have been made against her.

Jiba has also been tried for fraud and perjury related to charges that were instituted by the National Prosecuting Authority against former Hawks boss Johan Booysen.

However, Jiba told the inquiry on Thursday that her decision to charge Booysen had not been unlawful.

The inquiry is looking into alleged anomalies raised regarding the pair’s conduct in several court cases, including the decision to withdraw charges against former head of Crime Intelligence Richard Mdluli.

Adverse findings were made by the courts against Mrwebi and Jiba, and the latter has taken the matter to the Constitutional Court.

Both Jiba and Mrwebi were recently implicated in the Bosasa kickbacks scandal by the company’s former COO Angelo Agrizzi, who made the allegations at the ongoing Zondo commission, which is probing state capture.

Agrizzi claimed that Bosasa paid Jiba and Mrwebi R100,000 and R10,000 respectively to assist them by providing them with any important information of criminal investigations against the company and its top management.

The pair have denied the bribe allegations.

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