Who is Adv Shamila Batohi?

South Africa

South Africa’s newly appointed National Prosecuting Authority head, Advocate Shamila Batohi, has a long history of leadership. She studied at the University of Durban Westville and completed her postgraduate at the old University of Natal.

She began her career in private practice, followed by 15 years in the role of director of public prosecutions (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Batohi was part of a high-level team appointed by former president Nelson Mandela, to investigate apartheid-era hit squad activities.

She has also been a senior legal adviser to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court since 2009.

During her television interview at the Union Buildings for the role of the NPA boss, questions were raised about allegations of racism against her more than a decade ago. She refuted the allegations and explained that a facilitator was appointed to look into her relationship with her staff.




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