The final battle over whether suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi should be struck from the roll of advocates has been set down to be heard by the Constitutional Court in 2019. The matter is set down for March 14. In July, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) overturned a high court decision that struck Jiba, the suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions, and Mrwebi, the suspended special director of public prosecutions and head of the specialised commercial crimes unit, from the roll of advocates. Both Jiba and Mrwebi were reinstated following the SCA ruling, but they were subsequently suspended by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October, pending inquiries into their fitness to hold office. In a last-ditch effort, the General Council of the Bar (GCB) lodged an application for leave to appeal against the SCA judgment in July, saying it believed that “there were reasonable prospects of success”.

The GCB had origin...

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