Shamila Batohi

Shamila Batohi, Advocate, started her career as a prosecutor in Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court, Durban, after completing her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). In 1995, she was seconded to the Investigation Task Unit established by The President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela to investigate atrocities committed in KZN by the apartheid government, including so-called “hit-squads” in the old Kwa Zulu Police. In 2000, she was appointed Regional Head of the Scorpions in KwaZulu-Natal and led evidence at King Commission of Enquiry into Cricket Match Fixing. In 2002, she was appointed first woman Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions in South Africa. She has served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In 2018, she was appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions in South Africa.

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