August 14, 2018 / 2:11 PM / a year ago

South Africa's Ramaphosa appoints acting chief prosecutor after court ruling

FILE PHOTO: South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks after his meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street, London, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Silas Ramaite as the country’s acting chief prosecutor on Tuesday, after a court ruling which declared the appointment of the previous chief prosecutor invalid.

The presidency said in a statement that Ramaphosa would appoint a permanent chief prosecutor within 90 days, as stipulated by the Constitutional Court on Monday.

Ramaite has served as the National Prosecuting Authority’s deputy national director responsible for administration and the office for witness protection. He has served as deputy director of the NPA for 15 years.

Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Writing by Alexander Winning; Editing by James Macharia

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