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South African President names first female prosecutor to head the country's prosecuting authority

Team SoOLEGAL 5 Dec 2018 12:30pm

South African President names first female prosecutor to head the country's prosecuting authority

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday appointed a respected female lawyer to head South Africa’s prosecuting authority, which had been accused of improperly protecting former president Jacob Zuma.

Shamila Batohi’s appointment by the President further distances him from Zuma’s scandal-tainted rule during which several top jobs, including head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), were filled with loyalists.

I am confident that the advocate possesses all the attributes of a capable National Director of Public Prosecutions... she has shown herself to be a fit and proper person,” Ramaphosa told reporters in Pretoria.

Shaun Abrahams, the former prosecution head of the National Prosecuting Authority, was called “Shaun the sheep” for his slavish loyalty to Zuma, as he repeatedly defended Zuma from facing a number of corruption charges linked to a 1990s arms deal.

However, Abrahams during the end of his tenure as NPA head decided to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma, which he is now seeking to have dropped. Abrahams was forced to step down from his post after a court ruled that his initial appointment to the job was invalid.

As we address matters that South Africans are most concerned about -- such as state capture, corruption and widespread crime -- our country needs a National Prosecuting Authority that is above reproach,” added Ramaphosa.

Batohi, the first female to occupy the role, is a former prosecutions chief in KwaZulu-Natal province and has served as senior adviser to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2009.

Source: THE WEEK

Tagged: Shamila Batohi   Top Prosecutor   National Prosecuting Authority   NPA   South African President Cyril Ramaphosa   South Africa   Jacob Zuma   Shaun Abrahams  
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