11 July 2018

South Africa: Ghosts of Zuma and Conflicts of Interest Lurk Behind Jiba, Mrwebi SCA Majority Finding


Former President Jacob Zuma's rape trial as well as allegations of corruption related to the arms deal formed the unseen architecture around Tuesday's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) majority decision overturning a North Gauteng High Court ruling striking Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, and NPA specialised commercial crimes head, Lawrence Mrwebi, from the roll of advocates. However, it's not over yet for the two Zuma-era loyalists.

There are a few simple facts with regard to Tuesday's SCA ruling.

Two of the three judges who ruled in favour of Advocates Jiba and Mrwebi's reinstatement as advocates, opening the way for Jiba's return to the NPA, have more than just a passing connection to former President Jacob Zuma.

Judge Jeremiah Shongwe, author of Tuesday's SCA ruling dismissing a September 2016 ruling by North Gauteng High Court Judge Frans Legodi that Jiba and Mrwebi be struck from the advocates roll, is the brother of Minah Shongwe, mother of Edward Zuma, President Jacob Zuma's first-born and eldest son.

Judge Shongwe is Edward Zuma's uncle.

The familial link between Judge Shongwe and former President Jacob Zuma was highlighted at Zuma's 2006 rape...

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