President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the top position at the NPA has been appointed to Advocate Shamila Batohi
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced Advocate Shamila Batohi as the new head of the National Prosecuting Authority, in what is said to be the most important appointment of his presidency.
Advocate Shamila Batohi will be starting at her new position in February 2019.
Batohi had previously led the prosecution of Hansie Cronje, captain of the Proteas, at the King Commission and had “‘brought innovation to what is lacking in the criminal justice system”.
Not only has Batohi served as the director of public prosecutions in KZN, she has also served as senior legal adviser to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.
In 1995 she had been appointed by Nelson Mandela to carry out investigations into apartheid-era hit squad activities.
According to Anton du Plessis, senior researcher for the Institute for Security Studies, Batohi had outshined other candidates for the position.
“She demonstrated experience and maturity that the others can’t compete with,” He said.
“She has an understanding of the gravity of the job because of her experience with high-profile cases. And she also brought a level of innovation and inspiration that stood out in her interpretation of what is lacking in the criminal justice system, and how she would deal with corruption and coming up with special directorates.
“She clearly possesses the kind of innovativeness that is needed now in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and she is clearly saying that what has been done and has not worked for 20 years cannot continue to be done.”
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