Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach and the party’s federal executive chairperson, James Selfe, gave the Western Cape High Court judge stunned looks as he dismissed the DA’s application for an inquiry into Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba without further details.
“The application is dismissed and no order as to costs is made,” Judge Nape Dolamo said, and rose to leave.
Proceedings at the hearing had earlier been delayed over faulty sound equipment. The reasons behind the judgement are expected later on Monday.
Meanwhile, the DA says it is highly disappointed with the decision of the High Court to dismiss its application in the case involving Deputy National Director of Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba.
The party applied to the court to compel President Jacob Zuma to suspend Nomgcobo Jiba pending a commission of inquiry into her fitness to continue her duties as the second in charge at the NPA.
The application was sent to the court after the party failed in its attempts to get Zuma to initiate an inquiry into her conduct and fitness to hold office.
Contrary to what the party wants, Justice Nape Dolamo dismissed the application in a brief judgment.
The Da’s spokesperson on Justice, Glynnis Breytenbach, expressed dissatisfaction over the judgement adding that they will study the judgment before deciding on what to do next.
“We’ll obviously study the judgment and the reasons very carefully. But at this early stage, I am quite sure that we will appeal it,” said Breytenbach.
“We are very disappointed – we believe we made out a very cogent argument,” she said.
In its affidavit to support the contention that she was not suitable for the job, the DA raised three instances:
– The litigation against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli;
– The litigation against KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major General Johan Booysens;
– The “spy tapes” litigation.