Candidates shortlisted for new Public Protector named


Parliament’s ad-hoc committee has released the names of 59 candidates shortlisted to take over from Thuli Madonsela as the country’s new Public Protector in October.

In a statement, Parliamentary Communication spokesperson, Temba Gubula, said a total of 73 candidates were nominated by the June 24th closing date, with seven declining their nomination and three being unreachable by the closure of business on Monday.

Those declining included former President Thabo Mbeki, former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, Advocate Gerrie Nel, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head Vusi Pikoli and the wife of the late former President Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel.

Although listed, Gubula said Madonsela would not be allowed to contest as the law governing the Public Protector does not allow for a second seven-year term to be served.

“The Committee is very impressed with the calibre of nominees and applicants, received and says this is an indication that South Africans thoroughly applied their minds in putting forward their nominees,” Gubula said.

He stated that members of the public would be allowed to scrutinise the candidates by clicking on their names as listed on Parliament’s website, and that objections and comments would be open until July 8th.

“Candidates will receive a questionnaire to complete and return it to the Committee. The information obtained will be used as supplementary information in order to assist the Committee with short-listing and interviewing. Questionnaires will be sent to candidates from 29 June and are expected to be returned no later than 08 July,” Gubula said.

“We want to appeal to people who will be making comments and objections to disclose their identity in order to authenticate their submissions. It should also be borne in mind that, objections against a nominee or applicant will not be automatically used to eliminate a particular candidate”.

The names of the shortlisted candidates are as follows:

Mr Bernard Peter Agulhas
Adv Rhulani Ralph Baloyi
Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller
Mr Vincent James Botto
Adv Nonkosi Princess Cetywayo
Mr Raymond Edward Chalom
Prof Pierre de Vos
Judge Sirajudien Desai
Mr Phillip Dexter
Adv Pumeza Futshane
Adv Mathys Johannes Gildenhuys 
Adv MT Goodman (nee’ Shai)
Prof Alexander Mzamo Gumbi
Adv Mark Andrew Hawyes
Mr Nick Haysom
Mr William Andrew Hofmeyr
Adv Zarina Kellerman (nee’ Prasadh)
Adv KB Kgoroeadira
Mr Ashook Kirpal
Mr Burt Silverston Laing
Ms Muvhango Lukhaimane
Mr Prince Sefako Mafojane
Adv Mohale Joseph Maluleke
Adv Kevin Sifiso Malunga
Ms Lynnette Gail Marais
Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Mr Vickqus Nkosikhona Mncube
Adv Hishaam Mohamed
Mrs M Mohlala-Mulaudzi
Adv Chris Madibeng Mokoditwa
Mr Ronnie Samuel Mokoena
Mr Thokwane Phineas Post Moloto
Mr Tjitlo Monaledi
Ms Audrey Mpofu
Adv Dali Mpofu SC
Adv Loyiso Khanyisa Bunye Mpumlwana
Mrs M Mthebule
Adv MM Mthembu
Mr Themba Phillip Mthethwa
Adv Philani Pilatu Sydney Mthethwa
Ms Janine Kim Myburgh
Mr Krish Naidoo
Mr Malcolm John Sphiwe Nhleko
Ms Sophy Moipone Noko
Ms Vuyokazi Pamella Noncembu
Ms Nokuthula Sincercia Nwaoshai
Mr Mthuthuzeki Moshesh Nyiki
Mrs Jill Claudelle Oliphant
Ms Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
Mr Tshepiso David Humphrey Ramphele
Mr Riaz Achmed Saloojee
Mr Jonas Ben Sibanyoni
Mr Boiki-John Tamako
Adv Tseliso Thipanyane
Adv Randal Titus
Mr Khunoana Harry Tswago
Mr Vuyisa Vuza
Mr Hermanus Lambertus Waldicks
Justice Sharise Weiner