Johannesburg: President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr. Silas Ramaite as Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
This comes after the Constitutional Court ruled on the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Ramaite is the NPA deputy national director responsible for administration and the office for witness protection. He served as deputy director of the NPA for 15 years.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Ramaphosa stated that while he’s studying the judgment, he is committed to appointing a permanent NDPP well within the 90 days as ordered by the court.
“He holds the degrees B.Proc (University of Fort Hare), LL.B; LL.M, specializing in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public International Law and LL.D, specializing in Constitutional Law (University of South Africa). He was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court in 1988 and was granted the status of Senior Counsel (SC) in 2001,”
Ramaphosa emphasized the verdict handed by the Constitutional Court has placed the NPA on a path that will restore its integrity and build the nation’s confidence in the criminal justice system.