Witness, Advocate Jan Ferreira, will be cross-examined by the legal team of suspended NPA Senior Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba in the Mokgoro Inquiry in Pretoria on Friday morning.
The Inquiry is probing the fitness of Jiba and her colleague, Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi, to hold office.
Ferreira is a senior deputy director of public prosecutions.
He believes Jiba should be held accountable in the court of law for fabricating racketeering charges against former KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Head Johan Booysen. In 2015, it was allegedly overturned by the former National Director of Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams.
On Thursday, Ferreira told the Inquiry that his bosses, in particular Mrwebi, had a tendency to make unlawful decisions to protect certain individuals.
Jiba’s legal counsel, Ally Ramawele asked Ferrera a question: “So I just want to make sure that there’s no misunderstanding. Are you sure that when the charges were withdrawn, were you of the view that Richard Mdluli was being protected?”
Ferreira replied: “I was worried that he might have been protected, but I did not have evidence. Save for the fact that a watertight case had been withdrawn. And also, when we wrote to Adv Jiba she did not review the matter as we’ve requested. So I was worried that he was protected, yes.”
Jiba and Mrwebi and another NPA official Jackie Lephinka were implicated in testimony before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Thursday.
Former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi detailed how the company’s CEO Gavin Watson paid the three-monthly bribes to assist it with information on the NPA’s investigation into BOSASA.
He claims that information relating to the investigations was also obtained with the assistance of former Correctional Services Commissioner Linda Mti.
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