Mokgoro Inquiry to Ask Zondo Inquiry For Affidavit Implicating Jiba, Mrwebi

NPA Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba appears at the Mkgoro Inquiry into her fitness to hold office on 21 January 2019. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

CENTURION – The Mokgoro Inquiry has heard that its evidence leader will ask the Zondo Commission of Inquiry for an affidavit which implicates advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi in corruption.

Retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro is chairing the inquiry into whether Jiba and Mrwebi are fit to hold office, which started in Centurion on Monday.

Former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi claims in his affidavit that the two advocates were paid monthly sums of money to make a case go away.

Advocate Nazreen Bawa told the commission that weekend reports indicated evidence will emerge at the Zondo Commission this week which implicates Jiba and Mrwebi in corruption.

“We have formally requested a copy of this affidavit from the secretary of the state capture inquiry this morning. Once my team has had an opportunity to consider that affidavit and anything else related to, then we will revert to this inquiry.”

Jiba’s advocate says his client denies that she accepted any money from Bosasa and is eager to address the allegations in the appropriate forum.

The Mokgoro Inquiry has primarily dealt with prosecutorial policies, procedures and legislation so far.

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Mrwebi’s advocate has presented evidence which suggests his client’s failure to properly consult prior to withdrawing a case was not malicious but an honest misunderstanding.

The National Prosecuting Authority Act requires such a decision to be taken in consultation with the relevant Director of Public Prosecutions and both parties must agree on the decision but Mrwebi failed to follow this rule.

Advocate Mervyn Rip told acting prosecutions boss Silas Ramaite that clarity around the question of consultation was only included in the Prosecution Policy Directives in 2015.

“My instruction from Advocate Mrwebi is that this clause and a lot of what was in these two pages were put in to take away potential misunderstandings and previous misunderstandings as for how these proceedings should take place.”