President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Shamila Batohi as the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP).
The president made the announcement during an address at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon.
“In appointing a new NDPP, we are addressing the state of dysfunctionality and deficiencies in the National Prosecuting Authority identified by the Constitutional Court. The national director of public prosecutions occupies a vital position in our democracy and makes an essential contribution in upholding the rule of law,” Ramaphosa said.
She was amongst the five shortlisted candidates for the president to make the final decision.
Batohi takes over from Shaun Abrahams, who quit after his appointment was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court.
She is a former director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal and senior legal adviser at the International Criminal Court and she will formally take office in February, after serving her notice period at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Wednesday 5 December 2018 13:53GMT [CWSN] Student Zanele Mbatha