For the third time in 15 years, Silas Ramaite has been appointed to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in an acting capacity. Ramaite is the NPA’s deputy national director responsible for administration and the office for witness protection. He has served as deputy director of the NPA for 15 years and first acted as NPA boss after Bulelani Ngcuka resigned as the country’s national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) in 2004. His second stint as acting NDPP came after Mxolisi Nxasana left office in 2014 after being offered a R17m golden handshake by former president Jacob Zuma. The Constitutional Court on Monday gave President Cyril Ramaphosa a clean slate to appoint a leadership team at the NPA by ruling that the appointment of NDPP Shaun Abrahams was constitutionally invalid. This came after the apex court confirmed a high court order which reviewed and set aside the settlement agreement which saw Nxasana leave office.

Ramaphosa said in his inaugural state of th...

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