Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority’s Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Rodney de Kock, briefs the media about the investigation. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane
Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority’s Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Rodney de Kock, briefs the media about the investigation. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane

Western Cape director of public prosecutions Rodney de Kock to take over Jiba's old job

By Zintle Mahlati Time of article published Mar 3, 2020

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Cape Town - Advocate Rodney de Kock, who serves at the director of public prosecutions in the Western Cape, has been seconded to act as deputy national director of public prosecutions.

The NPA confirmed de Kock's acting role on Tuesday.

The position of deputy NDPP was previously held by controversial advocate Nomgcobo Jiba who was fired last year by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Lawrence Mrwebi, who served as special director of public prosecutions, was also fired.

Last year, Ramphosa appointed retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro to head up an inquiry which investigated Mwrebi and Jiba's fitness to hold office.

Mokgoro's report was scathing of Jiba and Mrwebi's behaviour as prosecutors and recommended that the two be fired and be struck off the roll of advocates.

Mokgoro's report found that Jiba had compromised the independence of the NPA when she decided to charge former KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen. Jiba and Mrwebi had also failed to exercise discretion when they decided to drop corruption charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

It also found that Jiba had been dishonest when she gave contradicting explanations to Ramaphosa in her representations last year and the explanation she gave the inquiry.  

De Kock had interviewed for the position of national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) in 2018. Advocate Shamila Batohi was appointed as NDPP in early 2019.

Political Bureau

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