Johannesburg - Advocate Shamila Batohi is the first woman to be appointed the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
She starts her new role in February next year.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Tuesday after a grilling process of interviews by an advisory panel.
Batohi started her public service as a junior prosecutor in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court in 1986 and has served as the first regional head of the directorate of special operations based in KwaZulu-Natal.
She is not new to the leadership of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). She served as the director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal - a position she held from 2002 to 2009.