Recent NPA appointments reflect transformation and gender empowerment

January 28th, 2021

By Kgomotso Ramotsho

President Cyril Ramaphosa has made four senior appointments at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), in terms of ss 9(1) and 11(1) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act 32 of 1998. This was after the President consulted with the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, and the National Director of Public Prosecution (NDPP), advocate Shamila Batohi.

The Office of the Presidency made the announcement on 14 January 2021. The statement noted that the appointments are for the efficient functioning and rebuilding of the NPA as part of the fight against serious crime, including sexual and gender-based crimes and corruption, and as a contribution to deepening the capability of the state.

The statement added that the appointments align with the President’s and the NDPP’s commitment to building the leadership of the NPA with a diverse and representative team of world-class and trusted experts that reflects the transformation and gender empowerment imperatives of government and the legal sector in South Africa.

The appointments are as follows –

  • advocate Anton du Plessis as Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions: Strategy, Operations and Compliance;
  • advocate Lebogang Dineo Baloyi as Special Director of Public Prosecutions: Specialised Commercial Crime Unit;
  • advocate Bonnie Currie-Gamwo as Special Director of Public Prosecutions: Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit; and
  • advocate Priya Biseswar as Special Director of Public Prosecutions: Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Kgomotso Ramotsho Cert Journ (Boston) Cert Photography (Vega) is the news reporter at De Rebus.