18 November 2018

South Africa: Ramaphosa's Shortlist for NPA Boss


The panel on appointing a new NPA head has sent five recommendations to President Cyril Ramaphosa after an exhaustive interview process. The future of the beleaguered institution and the criminal justice system is now in his hands.

The advisory panel on appointing a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has suggested five candidates to President Cyril Ramaphosa to fill the top job at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after it held interviews with 11 people between Wednesday and Friday last week.

The panel, comprised of leaders of the legal fraternity and Chapter Nine institutions, recommended Ramaphosa choose from either Shamila Batohi, Siyabulela Mapoma, Simphiwe Mlotshwa, Rodney de Kock and Andrea Johnson, all advocates.

The panel was headed by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, who has a controversial history when it comes to NPA leaders.

The Presidency said in a statement on Sunday:

"Minister Radebe said the nomination of five candidates reflected the confidence of the panel that the position of NDPP would be filled by a fit and proper national director...

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