• Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: GCIS

  • Vasantrai Soni (SC) will head the Special Investigating Unit. Picture: GCIS

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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma on Friday announced the appointment of permanent heads at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Special Investigating Unit, beating a deadline by one day.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution gave Mr Zuma until the end of August to make the appointments or face a Constitutional Court action to force his hand.

Mr Zuma announced that Mxolisi Nxasana had been appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions, with effect from October 1.

Mr Nxasana currently practises as an attorney and has a wealth of experience in criminal litigation. He has also held senior positions in the legal profession including chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society.

The new head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is advocate Vasantrai Soni (SC), also with effect from October 1.

Mr Soni has 25 years’ experience and played a crucial role as chief evidence leader in the Jali commission of inquiry into corruption in prisons in South Africa, Mr Zuma’s statement said.

Sophy Moipone Dinah Noko has been appointed director of public prosecutions for the jurisdictional area of the KwaZulu-Natal division of the high court, with effect from September 1.

President Zuma expressed confidence that the three appointments would lend credibility, integrity and stability to the institutions they will lead.