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Indian-origin Shamila Batohi appointed head of SAfrica's National Prosecuting Authority

Press Trust of India  |  Johannesburg 

Indian-origin has been appointed as the National (NDPP), a statutory body that investigates high-level criminal matters in the country.

South African announced the appointment of Batohi, during a nationally-televised address at the headquarters, the Union Buildings, on Tuesday.

Batohi, who shot to fame as the during the that probed the Hansie Cronje match-fixing saga of 2000, was selected from a shortlist of 11 candidates who were interviewed for the high-profile position.

She will start her new role in February 2019.

She will replace the previous prosecutor, who has been accused by the opposition and rights groups of shielding former from corruption charges during his nine years in office.

Batohi started her public service as a junior in the Chatsworth magistrates' court in 1986 and steadily rose through the ranks to become the in KwaZulu

She was seconded to the established by in 1995 and later served as the of the based in KwaZulu-

Batohi has worked for the past nine years as a to the in the in

on her appointment, Ramaphosa highlighted that he was addressing the state of dysfunctionality and deficiencies in the NDPP that had been identified by the

Her predecessors in the era of Jacob Zuma's Presidency all had controversy-laden tenures.

The high-profile cases that Batohi will inherit include 16 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering instituted against former President

"The President, and by proxy the people (of South Africa) have bestowed a lot of confidence in me," Batohi said, adding "the least I can do is reciprocate that confidence."

"My only obligation is to serve the country with humility and dedication to the best of my ability. Each one of us, no matter where we are, must be ready to sacrifice the necessary, to fight the good fight. Our country needs us," Batohi said.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 00:25 IST