Cyril Ramaphosa suspends Lawrence Mrwebi and Nomgcobo Jiba from NPA

The presidency said the inquiry will be established in terms of section 12(6) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act‚ which applies directly to Jiba and read with section 14(3) applies to Mrwebi‚ and sets out the conditions under which the president may provisionally suspend the national director or a deputy national director from his or her office‚ pending an inquiry into his or her fitness to hold such office.

The inquiry will be led by justice Yvonne Mokgoro‚ assisted by Kgomotso Moroka SC and attorney Thenjiwe Vilakazi. The evidence-leading team — which will be led by Nazreen Bawa SC — will develop the terms of reference for the inquiry.

In letters to Jiba and Mrwebi‚ Ramaphosa said: “I have taken into account the serious nature of allegations that you are unfit to be in so high an office‚ where the work of our criminal justice system is central to the critical and pressing matter of all prosecutions‚ especially prosecution of corruption cases and safeguard of our public purse. You hold a senior position with influence over a large swathe of the NPA. It is the interest of the NPA’s image as a whole that I consider here‚ and of the integrity of an inquiry that must result in the clearest and most convincing conclusions about the integrity and sound leadership of the NPA.”

The presidency said the inquiry would not take the form of a judicial inquiry or a commission of inquiry; instead it would be an internal process‚ which would be expected to advise the president on Jiba and Mrwebi’s fitness for office in the NPA.

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