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S Africa names first female top prosecutor

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

named a respected female on Tuesday to South Africa's prosecuting authority which had been accused of improperly protecting former

His appointment of further distances him from Zuma's scandal-tainted rule during which several top jobs, including of the (NPA), were filled with loyalists.

"I am confident that the possesses all the attributes of a .. she has shown herself to be a fit and proper person," Ramaphosa told reporters in

Batohi's predecessor was dubbed "Shaun the sheep" for his slavish loyalty to and repeatedly manoeuvered to protect him from facing a slew of corruption charges linked to a 1990s arms deal.

It was in the dying days of his tenure that Abrahams decided to reinstate the graft charges which is now seeking to have dropped. Abrahams was forced out after a court ruled that his initial appointment to the job was invalid.

"As we address matters that South Africans are most concerned about -- such as state capture, corruption and widespread crime -- our country needs a that is above reproach," added Ramaphosa.

Batohi, the first female to occupy the role, is a former prosecutions in province and has served as to the at the (ICC) since 2009.

In 1995, she was part of a high-level team appointed by to investigate apartheid-era hit squads.

"This is not just a political appointment. Perhaps it's a sign that maybe we, as South Africa, appreciate the ICC and are rethinking our position on the ICC," told AFP.

Last year, the ICC's judges ruled that flouted its duties by failing to arrest Sudanese during a 2015 visit, but they declined to refer the matter to the

subsequently notified the court of its intention to leave, although the suggested earlier this year the might reconsider.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 20:20 IST