Hermione Cronje

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Hermione Theresa Cronje is a South African prosecutor. Cronje was the head of the Investigating Directorate (ID) in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions.[1][2] Cronje previously worked in the National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and was involved in the creation of the Anti-Corruption Task Team.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cronje moved around a lot during her youth, including to places such as Atlantis, Elsies River and Athlone.[4] She was named after her grandmother, Hermione.[4]


Cronje holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government in 2010; she also has a BA and LLB from the University of Cape Town.[5]


Cronje worked from 1998 to 2012 in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).[2] She was first an assistant to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, and later became a member of the Asset Forfeiture Unit and its Regional Head in the Western Cape.[2] In 2012, she helped to establish the interdepartmental Anti-Corruption Task Team.[2]

In 2012, she left the NPA for the Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative, a programme under the World Bank and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.[6]

In May 2019 she was appointed head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions.[1] Her appointment was praised by Corruption Watch (South Africa).[7][3]

In early December 2021 she resigned from her position as head of the ID. Her decision to leave reportedly stemmed from frustration at a skills shortage within the NPA that prevented the organisation from adequately pursuing various cases of state capture.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Hermione Cronje to head state capture investigations at NPA". BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Bateman, Barry. "Hermione Cronje to head up Investigative Directorate within NDPP". ewn.co.za. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "NPA unit head Hermione Cronje to lead state capture probes | IOL News". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Hermione and her magic wand". news24. 26 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Adv Hermione Theresa Cronje appointed as Head of NDPP Investigating Directorate - POLITICS | Politicsweb". www.politicsweb.co.za. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Ramaphosa appoints Hermione Cronje as NDPP investigating directorate head | IOL News". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Corruption Watch pleased with Cronje's appointment at NPA". SABC News. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. ^ Gules, Nicki (12 December 2021). "Hermione Cronje quit NPA over 'skills catastrophe'". Times LIVE. Retrieved 13 December 2021.