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South Africa: Implications of National Prosecuting Authority Upheaval

After a long-running battle with President Zuma, NDPP Mxolisi Nxasana stepped down on 1 June. Nxasana had previously resisted attempts by the government to force him to resign, but finally accepted a settlement of R17mn ($1.4mn). Although Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Dr. Mashau Silas Ramaite has been appointed acting NDPP, Nxasana’s decision will leave a leadership vacuum at the head of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) and also undermine the office’s independence. This is likely part of the Zuma administration’s intent, considering the president continues to face allegations of corruption despite formal charges against him being dropped in April 2009.


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