22 October 2018

South Africa: Presidency On National Prosecuting Authority Panels First Meeting

press release

The Advisory Panel appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to identify and conduct interviews with individuals worthy of consideration to occupy the position of the Head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) convened for the first time earlier today, Monday 22 October 2018.

The aim of the meeting was to confirm the mandate of the Panel and to determine how it would set about completing its work.

The Panel agreed on a framework and that it would ensure that worthy persons shortlisted are appropriately vetted before recommendations are sent to the President for consideration.

The Panel unanimously decided that interested persons and organisations will be invited to identify to the Panel, persons who should be considered for appointment through an advertisement in the media calling for nominations/applications.

The Panel has further decided on the following timeframes relating to the work to be completed:

(a) 23 October 2018: invitation for applications and nominations for fit and proper South Africans who possess legal qualifications for the position of the National Director of Public Prosecutions in accordance with the National Prosecuting Act, 1998 (Act No. 32 of 1998).

Applications and nominations are to be sent to The Presidency, Private Bag x1000, Pretoria, 0001 or Hand deliver at Government Avenue, Union Buildings, for attention: Nhlanhla Mshengu and the closing date is 02 November 2018.

The advertisement will be published in the media.

(b) 02 November 2018: closing date for applications and nominations;

(c) 05 to 16 November 2018: shortlisting and interview processes;

(d) 19 to 23 November 2018: vetting of shortlisted candidates; and

(e) 26 to 30 November 2018: assessment by Panel of persons and finalisation of recommendations.

The Panel agreed to submit shortlisted names to the President by December 07, 2018.

The Panel chaired by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe comprises:

- Mr TK Makwetu (Auditor-General of South Africa);

- Adv BC Majola (Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission);

- Adv B Roux (General Council of the Bar of South Africa representative);

- Mr R Scott (Law Society of South Africa representative);

- Mr L Manye (Advocates for Transformation representative);

- Mr LB Sigogo (Black Lawyers Association); &

- Mr M Notyesi (National Association of Democratic Lawyers representative).

Issued by: The Presidency

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