Shaun Abrahams appointed new NPA boss

President Jacob Zuma says he's confident Abrahams will be able to enhance the efficiency of the NPA.

FILE: The National Prosecuting Authority's Shaun Abrahams (left) and General Zeeman, the investigating officer for the case against Henry Okah, outside the Johannesburg Magistrates court, on 4 October 2010. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24/Felix Dlangamandla.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has appointed senior state advocate Shaun Abrahams as the new head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Zuma said Abrahams has 17 years of experience under his belt and has gained impeccable technical expertise for the role.

The president said he is confident Abrahams will be able to enhance the efficiency of the NPA.

Abrahams will replace Mxolisi Nxasana, who stepped down after an inquiry into his fitness to hold office was aborted at the last minute.

Nxasana reportedly received as much as R17 million to part ways with the NPA.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "The president has appointed Abrahams as the new NDPP. He has 17 years of tutorial experience with the highlight being the conviction and sentencing of Henry Okah, the Nigerian national who was convicted of terrorism."

The new National Director of Public Prosecutions will begin in his new role immediately.

Reacting to news of the appointment, former NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach says it's concerning that Abrahams has been selected over his more senior counterparts.

"I must say that we are quite astonished that a relatively junior official has been appointed as the head of the National Prosecuting Authority over very competent and much more senior officials."

For the Presidency's full statement on the appointment, _ click here_.