The tensions within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) were laid bare as candidates vying to become SA’s next top prosecutor were interviewed for the job in full view of the public. The erosion of the public’s confidence in the NPA and the instability in the organisation were at the heart of questions to the potential candidates at the Union Buildings on Wednesday. In trying to answer some of the questions, acting national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Silas Ramaite, who is attempting to become its permanent head, admitted that the prosecuting authority is unstable, but claimed that improvements have been made since he took over the reins in August, after the Constitutional Court declared the position vacant. Ramaite was the first of 11 candidates to be interviewed by the advisory panel appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide him with a shortlist by December 7.

Five interviews were concluded on Wednesday, with four  more expected to take place on Thur...

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