Shamila Batohi

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Shamila Batohi
Director of National Prosecuting Authority
Assumed office
1 February 2019
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
Preceded byShaun Abrahams
Silas Ramaite (acting)[1]
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Durban-Westville
University of Natal

Shamila Batohi is a South African prosecutor and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) at the National Prosecuting Authority.


Batohi completed high school at Burnwood Secondary School in Clare Estate. Then she completed her bachelors degree at the University of Durban-Westville and post-graduate at the University of Natal.[2]


Batohi led the prosecution of Proteas cricket captain Hansie Cronje at the King Commission of Inquiry in 2000, and served as Director of Public Prosecutions for KwaZulu-Natal from 2000 to 2009.[2]

She served as senior legal advisor to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court from 2009 to 2018.

On 4 December 2018, she was appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and assumed the office on 1 February 2019.[3]


  1. ^ Mahlasa, M. "Silas Ramaite appointed as acting NPA head". News24. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Attwood, Vivian (18 October 2009). "Batohi jumps at the Hague, but will sorely miss Durban". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ Chabalala, Jeanette (4 December 2018). "Introducing Shamila Batohi: The country's first female NPA boss".