South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (right) and Head of the National Prosecuting Authority Shamila Batohi (Source: GCIS)

President Ramaphosa made the announcement at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on December 4th.

"After consideration of their recommendations, I have decided, in terms of Section 179 of the Constitution, to appoint Advocate Shamila Batohi as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions. I am confident that Advocate Batohi possesses all the attributes of a capable NDPP," Ramaphosa said.

Batohi was among five candidates recommended to the President to be considered for the position.

Ms. Batohi will be the first woman to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

She is a former director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal and senior legal adviser at the International Criminal Court. 

Shamila Batohi described the NPA as a house on fire and said the NDPP position would be like a shark tank.

She will start her term in February next year after serving out her term at the International Criminal Court./.

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