Cyril Ramaphosa ready to name new NPA boss

President Cyril Ramaphosa is ready to name the new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

Ramaphosa will make the announcement at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday, the presidency said in a statement.

In November an eight-member panel led by cabinet minister Jeff Radebe interviewed 11 shortlisted candidates for the position. After the interviews, the panel came up with five prospective names, out of which Ramaphosa must make his decision.

The candidates are:

Shamila Batohi

The Sunday Times reported last month that the president was said to favour Batohi because she “checked all the boxes” for the post.

Batohi was evidence leader during the King Commission that investigated the Hansie Cronje match-fixing in cricket. Recently she was a legal adviser at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. She told the interview panel that fixing the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) required all hands on deck. She described the NPA as a house on fire and said the NDPP position would be like a shark tank.

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