Veteran prosecutor advocate Hermione Theresa Cronje has been appointed to head the so-called state capture investigative arm of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for the next five years. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Friday that he had appointed her to the investigating directorate in the office of the national director of public prosecutions. Cronje, who worked at the NPA from 1998 until 2012, will head the directorate, which has been dubbed the "new Scorpions". The directorate is aimed at expediting investigations and prosecutions of state capture cases. In the statement, the presidency said: "The directorate will investigate any unlawful activities relating to serious, high-profile or complex corruption, including but not limited to offences or criminal or unlawful activities arising from current commissions and inquiries." Cronje’s appointment comes after Ramaphosa proclaimed the establishment of the investigating directorate in March. "The investigating director...

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