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Ramaphosa appoints Andrea Johnson as new head of Research Directorate

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed attorney Andrea Johnson as the new head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s investigative directorate effective March 1.

Johnson will replace advocate Hermione Cronje who asked to leave her office last year before her term expires.

According to the presidency, Johnson is a senior deputy director at the NPA with more than 25 years of experience, including in district, state and high courts.

She spent 10 years in the Special Operations Directorate and has worked in the NPA’s Priority Crimes Litigation Division and Organized Crime Section. She is currently a member of the NPA task force that oversees the implementation of the State Capture Report’s recommendations.

“Under the leadership of Adv. Since its inception in 2019, Hermione Cronje has empowered the NPA to more effectively prosecute state arrest and other high-profile corruption cases,” the investigative directorate said. Ramaphosa

“Adv. Andrea Johnson is expected to lead the investigative directorate to the next phase of its work, as the people of South Africa look to the criminal justice system to book those responsible for coup d’état and corruption.

“In this regard, the Investigative Directorate will be able to draw on the extensive information collected by the State Capture Commission and strengthened by the allocation of more resources.”

Ramaphosa has also, in terms of Section 13(1)(a) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act, Adv. N. Somaru as Director of Public Prosecutions: Free State Division of the Supreme Court, Adv. MR Makhari-Sekhaolelo as Director of Public Prosecutions: North West Division of the High Court and Adv. NA Bell as Director of Public Prosecutions: Western Cape Division of the Supreme Court.

“The president wishes the new directors every success in their role.”

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