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CGE congratulates Advocate Shamila Batohi for being appointed First Female NDPP in 20 years

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For Immediate Release: 06 December 2018

To: Editors, Producers and Reporters

CGE congratulates Advocate Shamila Batohi for being appointed First Female NDPP in 20 years

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) wishes to congratulate Advocate Shamila Batohi after being appointed first female National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in the organisation’s 20-year history. The CGE joins those who have congratulated Adv. Batohi in this historic appointment for being the first ever woman to be appointed as NDPP.
This historic appointment of Adv. Batohi will serve as an inspiration that gender parity can be realized only if women can be afforded opportunities such as these. A sentiment echoed by Adv. Batohi in her acceptance speech, when she viewed her appointment as a victory for gender equality and women empowerment.
The CGE believes that Adv. Batohi through her and leadership acumen that was displayed whilst she held the position of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in KwaZulu-Natal and most recently as the Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will serve as a catalyst for her to do exceptionally well. The Commission’s report on gender transformation in both the private and public sector has decried lack of transformation when it comes to women ascending positions of power and influence.
This appointment, the Commission believes will go a long way in ensuring that more women are considered for senior positions in the public sector. The CGE believes that in an endeavor to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality, more women should be appointed to positions of power and influence. The CGE will always, if called upon where necessary advice on gender related aspects within the judiciary. It is our belief that other women, in particularly girl children will look at this not as a fulfillment of a dream for Adv. Batohi, but a constant reminder that they too can do just that, if not more.


Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 06 December 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.
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