4 December 2018
The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Advocate Shamila Batohi as the new National Director of Public Prosecution (NDPP) following a Constitutional Court order on 13 August this year that the president should appoint a permanent NDPP.
Advocate Batohi, who becomes the ninth and first woman NDPP is a seasoned lawyer who started her legal career as a junior prosecutor at the Chatsworth Magistrate Court south of Durban before raising through the ranks to become KwaZulu Natal’s Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions.
Advocate Batohi first caught the public eye as the leader investigator into allegations that former Proteas cricketer Hansi Conje had tempered with a ball in a Test Match with India
FEDUSA Deputy General Secretary Riefdah Ajam said Advocate Batohi’s appointment which advances both gender equality and competence in relation to her striking professional credentials, is largely anticipated and expected to bring about confidence, stability and prosecutorial independence to South Africa’s criminal justice system following a long spell of political interference, volatility and allegations of corruption and scandal at the National Prosecuting Authority.
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