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Batohi has an arduous task ahead of her

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For Batohi, who comes in with a clean slate, the greatest test will be her office’s ability to prosecute state capture cases

Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency/ANA

Advocate Shamila Batohi, the National Director of Public Prosecutions, just days into her term of office must still be coming to terms with the arduous task ahead of her.

Dealing with state capture and corruption, a dysfunctional prosecuting authority, the prosecution of former president Jacob Zuma and rebuilding the credibility of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will be her priorities.

In recent years major investigations have either been deliberately stalled or have been riddled with inefficiency.

The Mokgoro Commission of Inquiry into whether two senior NPA officials are fit to hold office is revealing what many South Africans already suspected. Evidence has emerged of political interference that obstructed and prevented investigations.

When Batohi was announced as the new head of the NPA, she said she would not be distracted by the way the NPA had fallen apart in previous years and that it had work to do.

“Which includes, devoting our efforts to holding accountable those who have corrupted our institutions, who have betrayed the public good and the values of our Constitution for private gain, especially those in the most privileged positions of government and corporate power”.

For Batohi, who comes in with a clean slate, the greatest test will be her office’s ability to prosecute state capture cases.