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ANALYSIS | No excuses anymore as Shamila Batohi rounds off the NPA’s leadership team

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NDPP Shamila Batohi at a meeting of the Portfolio Commitee on Justice in March 2020.
NDPP Shamila Batohi at a meeting of the Portfolio Commitee on Justice in March 2020.
Jan Gerber, News24

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi this week rounded off her leadership team when President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed the last of her four deputies and three special directors. She is now mostly surrounded by people she can trust. It is time for the NPA to start moving, writes Pieter du Toit.

There is a story in law enforcement circles that advocate Anton du Plessis, who was this week installed as one of Shamila Batohi's four deputy national directors of public prosecutions, could easily have stayed in his job in New York.

He was enthused to help Batohi, but the environment in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) post-state capture wasn't conducive to change, rapid or otherwise. And giving up the certainty of New York for the vagaries of Pretoria wasn't an easy call.

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