I never got R100 000 from Bosasa – Jiba

Date: 22 Feb 2019

SUSPENDED National Prosecuting Authority top prosecutor Nomgcobo Jiba wants her bank accounts to be subjected to a forensic investigation in connection with allegations that she received bribes from Bosasa.

Yesterday at the Mokgoro Inquiry into her fitness to hold office, she denied claims that she and advocate Lawrence Mrwebi had received R100000 and R10000 respectively for their roles in giving top Bosasa management sensitive NPA information which allowed them to avoid criminal prosecution.

Former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi had also told the state capture inquiry led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that Jiba’s personal assistant, Jackie Lepinka, had received monthly payments of R20 000.

Last week, Agrizzi refused to appear before the Mokgoro Inquiry, claiming that he might implicate himself in his evidence-in-chief or during cross-examination.

“I want to state on the record that I was never paid a sum of R100000 by (Linda) Mti, Agrizzi, (Gavin) Watson and all others at Bosasa.

“My attorney (Zola Majavu) has already written to the Judge Zondo Commission,” Jiba said.

She said she was now prepared to face Agrizzi at the commission following his refusal to appear before the Mokgoro inquiry.

Jiba said she had wanted him to appear before the Mokgoro inquiry – “I wanted to ask him a lot of questions”.

She maintained she had never received any payments from Bosasa and appealed to Judge Yvonne Mokgoro to subject her bank accounts to a forensic investigation or find any trace of money paid by Agrizzi or other officials into them.

In her rebuttal, she said: “I never received any payment. Worst of all, in 2009 I never had a personal assistant. I was employed as deputy director of public prosecutions. In 2010 I did the same job.

“I only had a PA late in 2010 following my appointment as the deputy national director of public prosecutions. My PA then was Palesa Matsi,” she said.

Jiba did not deny knowing Lepinka but did not know when the two began working together after her appointment as acting NPA in 2011.

She told the Mokgoro Inquiry that Lepinka had regularly attended her briefings with prosecutors about outstanding cases that needed her attention.

According to Jiba, those included the Bosasa matter and businessman Dave King, who had a marathon case with Sars over unpaid taxes of almost R1 billion.

“I never met Mti, Agrizzi or Watson,” she said.

Jiba will be cross-examined on Monday.

By BALDWIN NDABA baldwin.ndaba@inl.co.za

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