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...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now