South Africa: NPA Loads Up On Senior Appointments to Stabilise the Frontline Leadership

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Several senior appointments announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa are the first aimed at firming up the frontline of the National Prosecuting Authority.

The Office of the President announced on 1 June 2020 the appointment of Advocates Ouma Rasethaba and Rodney de Kock as Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions with immediate effect.

Further announcements bolstering the capacity of the NPA, including the appointment of a fourth DNDPP to oversee strategy, operations and compliance, will also soon be made.

Advocate Mthunzi Maga, a veteran who has served the NPA as senior state advocate: Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) and as senior state advocate: Priority Crimes Litigation Unit, has been appointed as Special Director of Public Prosecutions in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecution.

Maga was also a former member of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO/Scorpions) task team.

He will assist National Director, Shamila Batohi, with specific regard to legal and administrative issues. Maga will also provide "strategic inputs in matters brought before the National Director, and will manage the relationship between the Office of the National Director and NPA stakeholders".

The appointments will bring stability to the top leadership of the NPA, a central site in the...

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