His Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, the Honorable President of South Africa, has given a notice of his intention to suspend two Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions.
Mr. President said he’ll be suspending Advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi from office pending an enquiry into their fitness to hold office.
Based on a statement issued by the Presidency today, President Zuma’s decision was inspired by the recent judgment of the North Gauteng High Court in the matter of the General Council of Bar of South Africa vs Nomgcobo Jiba, Lawrence Sithembiso Mrwebi and Sibongile Mzinyathi.
You’ll recall that the court ordered that the names of the two advocates be removed from the roll of advocates. It was ruled that the duo are not fit to hold the office of an advocate.
The decision relates to Jiba and Mrwebi’s conduct in several cases.
Among other things, it was agreed that their decision to drop charges against suspended police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli wasn’t cool.
It also involves the ‘spy tapes’ matter and the dropping of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.
According to the Presidency, Mr. President has already requested Jiba and Mwerbi to provide him with reasons as to why they should not be suspended pending the outcome of the enquiry into their fitness to hold office.
“After hearing the two Advocates, the President will then take a decision whether or not to suspend them,” stated the Presidency.
Meanwhile, the duo approached the Gauteng High Court demanding for a leave to appeal the findings against them. To them, it was harsh to rule that they are unfit to serve as advocates.