The presidency has expressed “deep concern” that none of the candidates nominated by legal bodies to decide on who should lead the National Prosecuting Authority is a woman. Khusela Diko, spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa, said on Wednesday that not one of the selected bodies had suggested a female candidate as national director of public prosecutions. Some bodies had only offered female candidates as “alternatives” to the males they nominated as their first choices. The bodies making up the NDPP panel include the General Council of the Bar, Law Society, Black Lawyers Association, Advocates for Transformation, National Association of Democratic Lawyers and the Human Rights Commission. “The presidency is concerned — given the magnitude of this decision and the fact that there are capable and qualified female legal professionals who could contribute a great deal to this process — that they are not being included as first choice panel members,” Diko said. This controversy came...

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