Deputy director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Eugene Coetzee
Deputy director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Eugene Coetzee

Nomgcobo Jiba’s lawyers are sweating the small stuff, objecting to allegations that their client “lied about qualifications” ("Counsel Object to Allegations Jiba Lied About Qualifications, March 12).

Jiba, the suspended deputy national director of public prosecutions, has far more serious problems than allegations regarding her qualifications.

There is the not-so-small matter of her alleged bribery by Bosasa, mentioned by the company’s former COO Angelo Agrizzi in his evidence at the Zondo commission of inquiry. This was met with a denial by her.

Then there is the scathing judgment by high court judge Frans Legodi when he struck Jiba and her colleague Lawrence Mrwebi from the roll of advocates. “Jiba flouted every rule in the fight against crime. Her failure to intervene when she was required to do so has failed the citizens of this country and in the process brought the image of the legal profession into disrepute,” said Legodi in his judgement .

Indeed, the Constitutional Court still has to rule on whether Jiba is a “fit and proper” person and whether she meets the high standards of integrity expected of officers of the court.

Somehow I think she may be disappointed.

Nathan Cheiman
Northcliff