oa De Rebus - Solicitor-general to head Office of the State Attorney : editor's note
The then Minister of Justice, Jeff Radebe, introduced the idea of appointing the country's first solicitor-general in 2012. At the time, Minister Radebe said: 'The solicitor-general will be the state's chief legal adviser in all civil litigation, similar to the role of the National Director of Public Prosecutions in criminal matters'. The solicitor-general will also manage the offices of state attorneys in the interests of effective legal services. The office will take over litigation by government departments and parastatals, and make sure that the work contracted out to lawyers and advocates in private practice is distributed fairly.
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