President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office has confirmed that he has received submissions from controversial prosecuting heavyweights Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi on why they should not be suspended‚ pending inquiries into their fitness to hold office. The pair filed the submissions less than two hours after the Constitutional Court announced that it would deliver judgment on the validity of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams’s position on Monday.

Earlier this month, Ramaphosa asked Jiba and Mrwebi to provide him with reasons why they should not be suspended‚ pending inquiries related to multiple court rulings against them. Both came under fire for their handling of cases involving former president Jacob Zuma‚ as well as their decision to drop corruption and murder charges against self-proclaimed Zuma loyalist and former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Rights group Freedom Under Law won a court order late last year compelling Zuma to institute ...

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