Who will be the new NPA boss? Here are our top picks for NDPP

2018-11-17 12:03
Advocate Shamila Batohi (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Advocate Shamila Batohi (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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This week a panel appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa interviewed candidates for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP). After listening to the candidates' interviews, here are our top three picks for the new boss of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

News24 editor-in-chief, Adriaan Basson: 

Matric Luphondo

Luphondo's energy and passion for his job are infectious. He is a straight shooter with no scandals in his background. His lack of high court experience may hamper his chances, but he is without doubt a future star in the NPA.

Andrea Johnson

Johnson is a born prosecutor and clearly deeply committed to her job. The way in which she handled tough questions about the Jackie Selebi prosecution showed her mettle to deal with difficult situations. Her appointment would inspire other career prosecutors, particularly women, that loyalty, hard work and dedication pay off. 

Shamila Batohi

The NPA is in dire need of inspirational leadership and Batohi may be what the doctor ordered. She had a dream interview and spoke of the higher cause of the organisation and the need to regain the public's trust. She comes with gravitas after spending almost a decade at the International Criminal Court, but must guard against being seen as an "outsider" with all the answers to the NPA's many ills.

READ: The qualities we want in the new NPA boss

News24 specialist reporter, Mandy Wiener:

Adv Siyabulela Mapoma

Adv Andrea Johnson 

Adv Shamila Batohi 

News24 legal reporter, Jeanette Chabalala:

Adv Simphiwe Mlotshwa


Mlotshwa, who resigned from the NPA in 2015, made a strong case that he is credible candidate for the job. He told the panel how suspended deputy prosections boss Nomgcobo Jiba interfered in the high-profile 'Amigos' corruption case and later removed him from his post to protect politicians. He has a strong track record in the NPA.

Adv Andrea Johnson


Johnson, who was part of the teams that prosecuted former police chief Jackie Selebi and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, told the panel she will not allow any president to influence her if she is appointed NDPP. She had harsh criticism for the current state of the NPA, saying even if the pope was appointed as NDPP, it would not be enough.

Asv Shamila Batohi


Batohi, the final candidate to be interviewed for the position on Friday, described the office of the NPA as a house on fire. She has been a senior legal adviser to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court since 2009. She was the first woman to be appointed as a director of public prosecutions when she took up the job in 2009 in KwaZulu-Natal.

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