President Cyril Ramaphosa has, in accordance to the apex court ruling, appointed an acting Director for Public Prosecutions, following the nullification of Shaun Abrahams’ appointment
Dr Silas Ramaite has been appointed as the new head of the NPA. This comes after the constitutional court on Monday, 13 August 2018, upheld a Pretoria High Court ruling, which declared Abrahams’ appointment by former President Jacob Zuma was unconstitutional.
In February, the apex court heard an application to confirm an order made by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in December that former President Zuma’s conduct was unconstitutional, after he terminated Mxolisi Nxasana’s appointment as NPA head. Judge President Dunstan Mlambo also declared that Abrahams’ appointment was unlawful and that a R17.3 million handshake received by his predecessor, Nxasana, was to be paid back.
The highest court in the land also ruled that Ramaphosa, as the president, must appoint a new NDPP in 90 days.
The Presidency said the following, about the new appointment, “He holds the degrees B.Proc (University of Fort Hare), LL.B; LL.M, specializing in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public International Law and LL.D, specializing in Constitutional Law (University of South Africa). He was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court in 1988 and was granted the status of Senior Counsel (SC) in 2001”
The Presidency added that: “President Ramaphosa has wished Dr Ramaite well in his new role and expressed his belief that this week’s court judgment has set the NPA on a path that will restore the integrity of the Authority and build the nation’s confidence in the criminal justice system.”
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