NDPP candidates make their case for the top spot

PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa now has five instead of four names in front of him, for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The panel appointed to interview candidates for the position, completed their deliberations on Friday afternoon.

They were unable to pare down their selection to the requested four.

This came after three days of interviewing 11 candidates.

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Either one of these five candidates could be South Africa's next National Director of Public Prosecutions.

Advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa, one of the candidates said, "if I were to be appointed the first call I would make will be to Bheki Cele."

"Minister, can we meet, can we sit across the table what are your challenges these are mine. SIU the same, IPID Mr McBride the same."

Advocate Shamila Batohi stated, "the fact of the matter is I think the NPA is in crisis at the moment, there are no two ways about it."

"Something needs to be done, the house is on fire and you need to put the fire out, so to speak.

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Another candidate made a strong statement on discipline in the organisation.

Advocate Siyabulela Mapoma said, "there are disciplinary issues where disciplinary matters will drag on for months on end."

"We do not want situations like that, people must be dealt with. If an employee is guilty he is guilty, if he is not guilty he is not guilty."

Advocate Rodney de Kock stated he wants people at the organisation to accept responsibility for their actions and put problems on the table.

Advocate Andrea Johnson stated, "when we found out the President would be setting up a panel, as the President envisages a different process to appoint the head of the NPA, I actually remarked to the colleague:

"Where the NPA is currently, you can appoint the Pope, the place as it is now, would chew the Pope out and spit him out alive."

Ramaphosa has until 19 December to make that final decision.


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