Peter Bruce Columnist

Christmas is coming. By my reckoning (well the reckonings of people I've asked) President Cyril Ramaphosa has until the week after next at the latest to appoint a new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) to run the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). We all groaned at the time but, fortunately, Ramaphosa had the foresight to cobble together a group of representative brains to compile a shortlist of names, interview them and forward him three names. He would choose one and, he let it be known, he would prefer it to be a woman. It means that when he does name a new NPA leader it'll be very difficult to accuse him of being factional. And judging by the original interview shortlist, he'll have two fiery and independent women to choose from. Top of the list surely has to be Andrea Johnson, a woman top crime reporter Mandy Wiener recently described as a “petite, fiery prosecutor ... regarded by her colleagues as highly principled”. Raised on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, she...

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