President Cyril Ramaphosa has suspended Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba and Special Director of Public Prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi with immediate effect pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.
Ramaphosa has informed the top National Prosecution’s Agency that the inquiry will be led by retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro and take the form of an internal inquiry.
In informing the two of his decision to establish the probe President Ramaphosa said it was taken in light of the serious nature of allegations that they are unfit to be in so high an office, and in the interest of the NPA’s image as a whole.
Jiba and Mrwebi’s legal woes started in 2016. They were struck off the roll of advocates by the Pretoria High Court.
It found that they were unprofessional, dishonest and acted fraudulently in their handling of former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.
The two were then placed on special leave. They appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which overturned the High Court ruling.
Jiba and Mrwebi returned to office in July.