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Ramaphosa Names Batohi as South Africa’s Chief Prosecutor

  • Former ICC adviser needs to rebuild prosecuting authority
  • South Africa contending with rampant crime, corruption
Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril RamaphosaPhotographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa named Shamila Batohi as the nation’s new chief prosecutor, putting her at the forefront of efforts to tackle one of the world’s highest murder rates and rampant graft.

Batohi’s task is to rebuild a National Prosecuting Authority that’s been dogged by repeated changes to its top management and allegations that it allowed political considerations to influence its decisions to prosecute during former President Jacob Zuma’s rule. Zuma was forced to quit under pressure from the ruling party in February and replaced by Ramaphosa, who’s made the fight against crime and corruption a top priority.