The National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed that it will prosecute former Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba.

This was announced in a statement by AfriForum, in which it announced that the NPA had informed it in writing of its intentions in this regard.

AfriForum’s Private Prosecutions Unit, headed by Gerrie Nel, had earlier indicated that it wanted to pursue a private prosecution of Jiba.

Nel wished to prosecute Jiba for fraud and perjury on behalf of Johan Booysen, who had formerly led the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal.

Jiba’s highly controversial conduct and the high-profile role she played in the NPA was widely ascribed to her having been part of former president Jacob Zuma’s ‘inner circle’.

Last year, in an exchange of letters with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the president charged her with having lied to him and saw no reason to retain her services in the state.

However, the NPA has until now prevaricated, declining either to commit to a prosecution or to issue a nolle prosequi (a formal statement abandoning prosecution) certificate.

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