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ACJR: NPA needs to build trust by acting in public interest

By Kwazi Dlamini In February the University of the Western Cape’s Dullar Omar Institute released, under its Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR) project, a discussion document on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The document deals with three key concepts associated with the NPA and its relation to the public, namely accountability, public interest and trust. Read more >

GCB, Jiba and Mrwebi back in court today

Today the Constitutional Court hears arguments from both sides in the matter of the General Council of the Bar (GCB) v Jiba, Mrwebi and others. The GCB is applying for leave to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment reinstating top National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi to the roll Read more >

NPA pair finally suspended as president acts

Senior National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi have been suspended, and President Cyril Ramaphosa will set up an inquiry into their fitness to hold office, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Presidency. Jiba is a national deputy director of public prosecutions, and Mrwebi is a special director of Read more >

Proposed new Saps anti-corruption unit could work

It is possible to combat police corruption, write Johan Burger and Stefan Grobler of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). But it depends on having the right leaders and staff, and sufficient capacity in place. The South African Police Service (Saps) is developing a draft anti-corruption strategy – its finalisation was planned for the beginning of 2016/2017, but to date, Read more >

Mrwebi, Jiba struck off advocates’ roll

UPDATE: Nomgcobo Jiba has said that she will appeal the decision of the North Gauteng High Court. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi have been struck off the roll of advocates, thanks to an application by the General Council of the Bar (GCB). In mid-2015 the council brought its application to the North Read more >

SAPS needs special investigating units

South Africa’s crime statistics are nothing to rejoice about. While there has been a decline overall in the last decade, some crimes such as various categories of robbery, public violence, and drug-related crime, are increasing. Police capacity to tackle certain types of priority and organised crime has declined severely since the closure of hundreds of Read more >