President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Advocate Hermione Theresa Cronje as the head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), the Presidency confirmed on Friday.

Cronje’s appointment was effective from May 15, 2019 and a term of five years.

The establishment of the unit was announced in Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address in February. The Investigating Directorate is tasked with investigating common law offences including fraud, forgery, uttering, theft and any offence involving dishonesty.

She has been on retainer for the past two months, assisting Batohi to set up the structure of the new directorate and to panel-beat the legislation and terms of reference that will govern the scope of its work.

It is understood that Batohi personally requested Cronje come on secondment from the Bar to assist with this crime-fighting project.

When contacted by News24 last month, Cronje would not reveal if she had been asked to be director, but confirmed she was involved with the set-up.

Cronje does have the requisite experience for the job.

Prior to joining the Bar six years ago, she spent 12 years prosecuting cases as part of the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) under Willie Hofmeyr.

Hofmeyr has recently been re-appointed head of the AFU.

Cronje headed up the Cape division of the AFU and was one of the NPA’s first members.

Currently acting as caretaker of all ‘state capture’ cases arising from the Zondo Commission and also co-ordinating all organised crime cases, is advocate Andrea Johnson.

Cronje has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and a BA and LLB from the University of Cape Town. She worked in the NPA until 2012 and went into private practice after that.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Advocate Hermione Theresa Cronje as the head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), the Presidency confirmed on Friday. Cronje's appointment was effective from May 15, 2019 and a term of five years. The establishment of the unit was...