Seconds after posting Mxolisi ka Mkomonde’s piece on the question of whether a network comprising opposition parties, civil society and the liberal media were destabilising South Africa, news broke that Advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and colleague, Lawrence Mrwebi had been struck off the roll of advocates.
This comes a week after the High Court in Capetown denied the Democratic Party (DA) the bid to appeal an earlier judgement refusing to order Jiba’s suspension.
The DA had gone to court accusing President Jacob Zuma of having taken no action against Jiba in the face of judicial criticisms. It said the president should have lodged an investigation and she should have been suspended during that period.
The High Court dismissed the case on the basis that the president had been rational in waiting for the outcome of the high court case against Jiba which was lodged by the advocates group, General Council of the Bar.
The decision to remove her from the roll renders her unfit to hold office as the NPA Act stipulates that a deputy national director of prosecutions should be a fit person.
In effect, what the DA failed to achieve last week it could have this week, unless Jiba appeals and hopefully she will go right up to the Constitutional Court.