The new face of the NPA

2015-05-31 15:14
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Johannesburg - Mashau Silas Ramaite, the newly-appointed acting head of the National Prosecuting Authority, served as deputy national director of public prosecutions since 2003.

Previously, he held a number of positions including as a deputy attorney general in the justice department and an acting attorney general in Thohoyandou. In the mid 80s to late 90s, he also served in various roles including as a state advocate, candidate attorney, public prosecutor and a magistrate.

Born in Limpopo on May 5 1958, he holds a Doctor of Law from the University of SA.  His thesis, completed in 1996, is titled: "The role of the judiciary in a modern state with a tradition of legislative supremacy".

Ramaite made news headlines in 2011, when he was held for alleged drunken driving following an incident in Makhado whereby it was claimed that he had crashed his Jaguar into a bakkie.

At the time Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that “no breathalyser was done, but they [local police] could physically see, because of his wobbling, that he was drunk". Charges against him were later provisionally withdrawn.

On Sunday, it was announced that Prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana and President Jacob Zuma had struck a deal that Sunday would be Nxasana's last day on the job, the Presidency said.

Ramaite was appointed to act in the position from Monday.

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