A prosecutor is a legal representative of the prosecution in states with either the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system. The prosecution is the legal party responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trial against an individual accused of breaking the law.
Below are salaries earned by a Prosecutor Earn In South Africa
Average Base Salary
Average Hourly Rate
Compensation Data Based on Experience
The average prosecutor’s gross salary in South Africa is R748,063 or an equivalent hourly rate of R360. In addition, they earn an average bonus of R50,045. Salary estimates are based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in South Africa.
An entry-level prosecutor (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of R520,413. On the other end, a senior-level prosecutor (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of R941,041.
Estimated Salary in 2026:
Based on our compensation data, the estimated salary potential for prosecutors will increase by 39 % over 5 years.
Salary based on Education
Less Than HS 14%
High School 29%
How much are prosecutors paid in South Africa?
National Prosecuting Authority Jobs by Salary
|Job Title: Prosecutor||Range: R92k – R589k||Average: R313,659|
|Personal Assistant||Range: R75k – R377k (Estimated *)||Average: R197,737|
|Victim Advocate||Range: R115k – R2m (Estimated *)||Average: R709,114|
|Administrative Officer||Range: R157k – R402k (Estimated *)||Average: R266,641|
How long does it take to become a prosecutor in South Africa?
The program runs for twelve months, after which the completion thereof enables competent candidates to be appointed to entry-level prosecutorial positions in the NPA. The program helps to ensure that qualified prosecutors provide additional prosecutorial capacity in the lower courts.
Where do prosecutors work in South Africa?
A public prosecutor is a person who prosecutes accused persons in the magistrates’ courts on behalf of the State. He/she leads evidence by the State witnesses and cross-examines the witnesses of the accused. Approximately 90% of a public prosecutor’s work takes place in court.