South Africa: Jiba Hisses At the Nickname Snake, Seeks to Cross-Examine Agrizzi

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Former Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba wants to clear her name in relation to alleged Bosasa bribes. She has also taken issue with her reported nickname 'Snake' which former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer Angelo Agrizzi raised in his evidence at the Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in January.

Agrizzi claimed then prisons boss Linda Mti told Bosasa seniors he called Jiba by the moniker Snake "because she was very alert, always ready to strike" and, claimed Agrizzi, this label was used on bags of cash bribes.

On Tuesday morning, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard Jiba's application to cross-examine Agrizzi at the Commission in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Jiba's attorney Zola Majavu said: "The reputational damage as a result of what Mr Agrizzi said continues unabated to date and it is that mischief that she sought to deal with."

Zondo, however, was of the view that cross-examining Agrizzi would not necessarily help. "I don't see how Ms Jiba can cross-examine Mr Agrizzi about those payments in any way that assists the commission," he said. Rather, suggested Zondo, they should first hear from Mti.

Majavu, for Jiba said: "The first point was, obviously, is...

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