Call for Parliament to release CV’s of candidates hoping to replace Madonsela

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 23, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has said Parliament needs to release the CV’s of applicants vying for the position of Public Protector, as it is in the interest of South Africans.

Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Parliament’s ad-hoc committee chairperson, Makhosi Khoza, said the names of 21 possible candidates, including that of current Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, have so far been received although more are likely to be added before the cut-off date this coming Friday.

“We are going to have a difficult time deciding who is going to be shortlisted. They are all very competent individuals and we are going to have to manage that process very, very carefully,” News24 quoted her as saying.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Justice Glynnis Breytenbach said any candidate refusing to have their CV made public, should be considered ineligible for the position as it would mean they have something to hide.

“The Office of the Public Protector should stand as a watch-dog against government corruption, impropriety and maladministration. To replace the fearless Adv Madonsela with an ANC lapdog would be undermining our hard-won constitutional imperatives,” Breytenbach said.

“It is of paramount importance that the candidates considered for this position are beyond reproach and free from all scandal. We [therefore] implore the Chairperson not to renege on her own commitment in this regard and to give effect to presiding over a process that is free from undue political considerations”.

Aside from Madonsela, who will not be allowed to serve a second seven year term, Khoza stated that the name of Deputy Public Protector, Kevin Malunga, also appeared on the list, before remarking that the full list of candidates would be revealed on Parliament’s website by the end of the month.

Candidates shortlisted for the position would be tabled in Parliament by the end of August after which the new Public Protector would be announced on November first.