WATCH LIVE | Who will be the next NPA boss? Interviews continue today

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15 November 2018 - 09:35 By TimesLIVE

The race heats up for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss as interviews continue on Thursday at the Union Buildings.

Acting national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Silas Ramaite was the first of the short-listed candidates grilled by the eight-member interviewing panel on Wednesday, with a panel member saying he "deprived them from insight" into the NPA. 

Ramaite has been acting NDPP since August this year when the Constitutional Court found that former boss Shaun Abrahams’ appointment was invalid. He has been a deputy director of public prosecutions for more than 15 years.

The decision to withdraw murder charges against notorious former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli came back to haunt director of public prosecutions in Johannesburg, Advocate Andrew Chauke. Meanwhile the chief prosecutor in Pretoria, Matric Luphondo, faced tough questioning about his role in the failed prosecution of a case involving the theft of R17m in forex from the headquarters of the State Security Agency.

Earlier in the day, Advocate Matodzi Makhari, who works for the NPA in the North West, said trust and confidence in the NPA had been eroded.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach, who withdrew her application and cited political conflict of interest - gave a thumbs up to the candidates, with Shamila Batohi, Rodney de Kock and Siyabulela Mapoma her favourites.

Day two will see the panel interviewing advocates Andrea Johnson, Rodney de Kock, Moipone Noko and Naome Manaka.


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