The advisory panel on appointing a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) has suggested five candidates to President Cyril Ramaphosa to fill the top job at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after it held interviews with 11 people between Wednesday and Friday last week.
The panel, comprised of leaders of the legal fraternity and Chapter Nine institutions, recommended Ramaphosa choose from either Shamila Batohi, Siyabulela Mapoma, Simphiwe Mlotshwa, Rodney de Kock and Andrea Johnson, all advocates.
The Presidency said in a statement on Sunday:
“Minister Radebe said the nomination of five candidates reflected the confidence of the panel that the position of NDPP would be filled by a fit and proper national director and reflected the depth of leadership capacity and legal excellence in South Africa’s legal sector.
The Sunday Times reported it had reliably been told Ramaphosa will likely appoint Batohi, a former KwaZulu-Natal head of prosecutions who has worked as a legal adviser at the International Criminal Court in The Hague since 2009.
The NDPP interviews focused on candidates’ independence from political interference, experience and integrity, and how they understood the challenges at the NPA, which has never seen an NDPP finish a full term, and how they would tackle them.
Batohi’s experience and directness appeared to make her a favourite among panelists.