PRETORIA – After more than four months without a permanent head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), President Cyril Ramaphosa will announce a new national director of public prosecutions on Tuesday.

Ramaphosa set up a panel led by Jeff Radebe, which interviewed 11 candidates in November, and they recommended five of them to be considered for the position.

The NPA has not had a permanent head since the Constitutional Court set aside the appointment of Shaun Abrahams in August.

Ramaphosa will choose from five advocates, all of whom are either practicing prosecutors or former prosecutors.

During the interviews, the candidates had to demonstrate the requisite independence needed of a national director, and the resolve to prosecute without fear, favour or prejudice.

Ramaphosa has an option to pick Andrea Johnson and Rodney de Kock, who are currently NPA employees, or former employees Shamiela Batohi, Siyabulela Mapoma and Simphiwe Mlotshwa.

The announcement is expected to be made at 2pm.

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