Public prosecutor's office gets a boost with three senior appointments

Public prosecutor's office gets a boost with three senior appointments

- The President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced three senior appointments at the National Prosecutors Office

- Advocates Ouma Rasethaba, Rodney de Kock, and Mthunzi Mhaga join the NPA to boost state capacity in its fight against corruption

- The three appointees each bring in over 15 years of legal experience

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Advocates Ouma Rasethaba and Rodney de Kock have been appointed as Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions with effect from 01 June 2020.

Ramaphosa has also approved the appointment of Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga as a Special Director: Strategic and Legal Advisor within the Office of the National Director.

Rasethaba holds a B Proc (University of the North), LLB (University of Witswatersrand), Dip. Company Law (University of Witswatersrand) and LLM (University of Pretoria). Rasethaba, who has 30 years of legal experience, replaces Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, who was fired last year following an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Ramaphosa fired Jiba in early 2019 and also banned her from “assuming any position in the Public Service” in response to the findings of the Mokgoro Commission of Inquiry into Jiba and former head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit, Lawrence Mrwebi.

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The second appointee, De Kock, holds a BA Arts and Law Degrees awarded in 1983 and 1984, respectively, from the University of Cape Town. He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in July 1986 and became an attorney of the High Court of Namibia in 1990. De Kock became an advocate of the High Court in 1999.

Mhaga will be working closely with Shamila Batohi, who was appointed as National Director of Public Prosecutions in December 2018. Mhaga brings to the table 17 years of experience, covering State Advocacy, Specialised Investigations, High Court and District Court Prosecution.

Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said appointments were essential for the efficient functioning and rebuilding of the National Prosecuting Authority in the fight against crime and corruption, and as a contribution to deepening the capability of the state.

These three senior appointments are made in terms of Section 9(10 and 11(1) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act 1998 (Act 32 of 1998) and in consultation with Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola and National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi.

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