President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed the Advocates Ouma Rasethaba and Rodney de Kock as the deputy national directors of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The pair will start their duties effective from Monday, Ramaphosa also appointed Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga as the Special Director of Public Prosecutions in the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shamil Batohi.

Advocate Mhaga will provide legal advice to the NDPP regarding special legal and administrative issues.

The President made these appointments in terms of Section 9(1) and 11(1) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act 1998, (Act 32 of 1998), and after consultation with Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola and Batohi.

Sipho Ngwema has also been appointed as the national spokesperson for the NPA.

Ramaphosa has described these appointments are essential for the efficient functioning and rebuilding of the NPA as part of the fight against crime and corruption and as a contribution to deepening the capability of the state.