DOJCD Seeks Submissions on Jiba and Mrwebi Enquiry

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The justice and constitutional development department has called for submissions on the Enquiry into the fitness of Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba and Advocate Lawrence Sithembiso Mrwebi to hold the office of Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions and Special Director of Public Prosecutions respectively.

The terms of reference for the Enquiry were published earlier this month.

President Ramaphosa appointed Justice Yvonne Mokgoro (retired) as chairperson of the Enquiry to be assisted by Kgomotso Moroka SC and Thenjiwe Vilakazi.

Part of the Enquiry needs to focus on whether Jiba and Mrwebi complied with the Constitution, the National Prosecuting Authority Act and any other relevant laws and whether they are fit and proper to hold their positions.

The Enquiry has four months in which to complete its work.

The secretariat of the Enquiry must be informed by 30 November 2018 in writing of any intention to make written submissions and/or provide evidence to the Enquiry.

The secretariat will respond by 3 December 2018.

Evidence must be provided to the Enquiry by 20 December 2018.

Written submissions and/or legal submissions addressing the terms of reference are invited by no later than 8 January 2019.

Oral hearings are scheduled for January and February 2019.

Meanwhile, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality has called for nominations to appoint a member to the Commission.

The successful nominee will be appointed to serve a five-year term.

Nominations are invited until 10 December 2018.

In a separate but related matter, the deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, has, in a debate in parliament on 16 days of activism, announced that the regulations on the minimum requirements for sexual offences courts are close to being finalised.

The final draft regulations will be submitted to the Chief Justice for concurrence in terms of the Sexual Offences Act.
Sabinet Cape Town Office