The stark difference between judges on whether senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi should be struck from the roll form part of the reasons for an application to the Constitutional Court to have the process reviewed. In July, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) overturned a high court decision that struck Jiba, a deputy national director of public prosecutions, and Mrwebi, a special director of public prosecutions and head of the specialised commercial crimes unit, off the roll of advocates. Both Jiba and Mrwebi were reinstated in their positions following the SCA ruling. Jiba was seen as former president Jacob Zuma’s right-hand person in the NPA. In a last-ditch effort, the General Council of the Bar (GCB) lodged an application for leave to appeal against the SCA judgment, saying it believed that "there was reasonable prospects of success". The GCB had originally applied to have Jiba, Mrwebi and advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi struck fr...

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