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LOBAMBA – His Majesty King Mswati III has appointed Director of Public Prosecutions Nkosinathi Maseko as permanent Judge of the High Court of Swaziland.

His appointment was announced yesterday by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Edgar Hillary, during a press conference held at the Parliament conference room.
Section 153 of the Constitution of Swaziland gives the King powers to appoint judges, upon recommendation by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Maseko becomes the second DPP to be elevated to this position after Judge Mumcy Dlamini.

He possesses a BA Law and LLB, and served as an attorney in various law firms in the country, such as Douglas Lukhele Attorneys and Bheki G. Simelane and Associates and established his own law firm, NkosiNathi Maseko Attorneys, before joining government as a prosecutor.

While serving as DPP, he prosecuted a number of landmark cases, some of which are still pending before the High Court. One of the notable cases he prosecuted was that of Human Rights Lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation Magazine Editor Bheki Makhubu.  Maseko also handled the CTA fraud case which involves suspended Industrial Court President Sifiso Nsibandze and others. This matter is still pending in court.

His position will be taken over by Principal Crown Counsel Phila Sandile Dlamini, albeit on an acting basis. Dlamini’s appointment was also announced yesterday by the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Dlamini (54) is one of the long- serving prosecutors in the country after having joined the Civil Service in 1988. He holds a BA Law and LLB  from the University of Swaziland.

After having joined government, he worked in various positions which include among others; court interpreter, Crown prosecutor, senior Crown Counsel, Registrar of the Industrial Court and Senior Crown Counsel (in charge of the Manzini Region).
He was also once attached to the National Prosecution Authority of South Africa- Asset Forfeiture. Dlamini also attended a legal indaba in East London.
Dlamini was a principal Crown counsel in charge of mutual legal assistance and extradition.

During his tenure as principal Crown counsel, he also attended a number of courses which include among others, judicial training on drugs related case work in eastern and southern Africa, prosecutors and investigators trainer workshop in Johannesburg, National Anti- Corruption Summit, represented Swaziland in SADC meeting of ministers of Justice and attorney generals, investigation and prosecution of corruption cases in Mauritius.

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