Investigating Directorate head Hermione Cronje to vacate office, NPA denies 'crisis'

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Hermione Cronje, head of the NPA's Investigating Directorate.
Hermione Cronje, head of the NPA's Investigating Directorate.
Deaan Vivier

The news: Advocate Hermione Cronje – head of the corruption-busting Investigating Directorate (ID) – has asked to prematurely step down from her position, prosecutions boss Shamila Batohi has confirmed.

How we know: Batohi informed National Prosecuting Authority staff of Cronje's request to vacate office in an email sent out on Thursday – and said she would formally recommend to President Cyril Ramaphosa that he accept Cronje's resignation, effective from 1 March 2022.

Official response: NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga stressed that Cronje's departure from the prosecuting authority – prior to her term coming to an end – should not be viewed as a "crisis" for the prosecuting authority.

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