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NPABusinessLive reports that three of the most powerful positions in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have been vacant for months, with President Cyril Ramaphosa yet to appoint any new deputy national director of public prosecutions (NDPP).  

Ramaphosa’s appointment of Shamila Batohi as the NDPP was critical in restoring the integrity of the NPA, which, for more than a decade, was accused of being abused for political ends — but the second highest layer of the authority’s leadership, taken up by four deputies, is also critical.  The vacancies created by the retirement of Silas Ramaite and Willie Hofmeyr, and the firing of Nomgcobo Jiba resulted in three out of the four deputy positions being vacant. It also created an opportunity for Ramaphosa to appoint people Batohi can trust in the positions.  Advocate Nomvula Mokhatla is currently the only one in a permanent capacity.  The president now has to appoint the new deputies after consultation with Batohi and justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola.  There may not be more than four deputies, according to legislation.  Bulelwa Makeke, director of communications of the NPA, said on Tuesday that filling these posts is a priority for the NDPP. She said Batohi was having discussions with Lamola to finalise recommendations to the president.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Claudi Mailovich at BusinessLive

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