9 Things To Know About The NPA’s Silas Ramaite

Silas Ramaite at the NPA committee, Cape Town. PICTURE:Trevor Samson/ Business Day

JOHANNESBURG: President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr. Silas Ramaite as acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

Here are a few things that we thought you should know about the man who is going to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

  • He has been part of the NPA for 15 years having been appointed as deputy national director of public prosecutions by the former president Thabo Mbeki in 2003.
  • Ramaite was until Tuesday the deputy national director of public prosecutions responsible for administration and office for witness protection.
  • He was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court in 1988.He was granted the status of senior counsel (SC) in 2001.
  • He holds the degrees B.Proc from the University of Fort Hare, an LL.B; LL.M, specializing in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public International Law and LL.D, specializing in Constitutional Law from the University of South Africa.
  • Ramaite has worked variously as an interpreter, clerk of the court, public prosecutor, magistrate, candidate attorney, state advocate, senior state advocate and was appointed a deputy attorney-general in 1996.
  • In 1997, he was the chief evidence leader in the Goldstone Commission, appointed to enquire into allegations arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in relation to the Heidelberg Tavern Massacre.
  • He has written a chapter in a book, Fighting Corruption.
  • He is a licensed financial analyst.