retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. Picture: VATHISWA RUSELO / SOWETAN
retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. Picture: VATHISWA RUSELO / SOWETAN

On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet retired Constitutional Court justice Yvonne Mokgoro to discuss her report on the fitness of senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi to hold office. 

The outcome of the hearings are keenly awaited as Ramaphosa has just initiated a radical clean-out of the prosecutorial authority, appointing a new head in Shamila Batohi. 

Jiba is alleged to be a key ally of former president Jacob Zuma.

Last week, Mokgoro announced she had submitted the report to Ramaphosa after hearing six weeks of evidence earlier this year as it pertains to suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions Jiba; and suspended special director Mrwebi, who headed up the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit. 

Last year, Ramaphosa suspended Jiba and Mrwebi pending the outcome of the inquiry. Among other things, the inquiry was meant to looked into the prosecutorial decisions taken on politically sensitive cases. The decisions include dropping charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and instituting racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen. 

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said the president has prioritised the issue. “The stability of the NPA and the leadership cohort is critical in the fight against crime and corruption,” she said. 

Ramaphosa said, during his first state of the nation address in February last year, that he will “fix" the leadership of the NPA and has asked Batohi to restore its integrity. 

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