Jiba and Parliament head for showdown
Lawyers for sacked Deputy NDPP Nomgcobo Jiba and have urged National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to stop the parliamentary process to remove her from office in line with the Mokgoro Commission report until the review application by Jiba is concluded in the High Court.
A Weekend Argus report notes Jiba has asked the court to set aside the Mokgoro report after President Cyril Ramaphosa used it in April to fire her and her colleague, Special Director Lawrence Mrwebi. But chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice & Correctional Services, Bulelani Magwanishe, is insisting on continuing with the process – from tomorrow (Tuesday) unless there is a court decision to stop them.
In line with the law, Ramaphosa has to refer the decision to axe Jiba, and Mrwebi to Parliament for approval, notes the report.
Magwanishe said the law states that once the President has sent his report to Parliament, Parliament has 30 days to respond.
He said in terms of their draft programme, they must finish the process by 27 August and report to the House by 3 September. The Justice Committee had given Mrwebi and Jiba 10 working days to make submissions as to why they should not be removed from their positions.
It refused a proposal that the two must make oral submissions, saying the written submissions would be sufficient.
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