Improving the appointment process for SA’s criminal justice leaders

Independent and competent leaders are essential, but is there scope for better legal provisions regarding their appointments?

South Africa’s criminal justice system needs capable, credible, trustworthy and accountable leaders. However, some past appointments were subject to manipulation, and several senior managers played key roles in facilitating state capture.

More robust legal provisions on leadership appointments are vital for the independence and effectiveness of criminal justice in the country. But what changes are needed, and can they be made? What should be done to ensure competent, independent heads for the South African Police Service, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), National Prosecuting Authority, Independent Police Investigative Directorate and Special Investigating Unit?

This seminar is part of the Driving Justice Series: Transforming Systems and Empowering Communities.

Moderator: Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary, Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution


  • Adv Andy Mothibi, Head, Special Investigating Unit
  • Adv Shamila Batohi, National Director of Public Prosecutions, National Prosecuting Authority
  • Prof Christopher Stone, Professor of Practice of Public Integrity, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Development partners
This seminar is funded by the European Union. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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