Well done, Shamila Batohi
THE RISE of Shamila Batohi to the higher echelons of her profession underlines a number of deep human thoughts for those who know and have followed her career as a student, attorney and head of the NPA in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The most important thing is that irrespective of one’s background, hard work, dedication, commitment and striving for excellence can lead to the realisation of one’s dreams, mission and fulfilment of aspirations.
The second is that without humility, irrespective of one’s achievements in life, one cannot be a genuine role model for the future generations. Batohi, despite her achievements, is a very humble and genuine person.
We are all aware of her deep commitment to, and love for our country which she expressed after her high-level appointment to the International Criminal Court of Justice in the Hague.
Her departure is a sad loss to our province, country and people, but it is a gift to her family and justice and humanity.
Role models are never born, they are shaped by social circumstances. Batohi’s struggle to become an outstanding role model will certainly continue in her new role. Her history, passion, respect for people and brilliance are our guarantee.