Parliament nominates candidate to replace Thuli

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 25, 2016

Parliament’s ad-hoc committee on the selection of a new Public Protector, on Wednesday announced it had nominated Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the preferred candidate to replace Thuli Madonsela.

“All members that spoke on Adv Mkhwebane’s candidature agreed that her interview was superb, a marvellous communicator and her experience as former investigator in the Office of the Public Protector worked in her favour,” committee chairperson Dr Makhozi Khoza said in a statement.

“Members considered these attributes, over and above her having met all other requirements dictated to by the legislation.

Mkhwebane, who currently serves as Director of Country Information and cooperation at the Department of Home Affairs, got the nod from the majority of members, apart from the Democratic Alliance, and would now require the approval of at least 60% of the National Assembly before receiving final confirmation from President Jacob Zuma.

Khoza also stated she was pleased with how the selection process had concluded, saying, “All political parties represented at this Committee conducted themselves in a manner indicative of our maturing democracy. Members were able to put aside their political differences for the better good of the country”.

Speaking in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Madonsela, whose seven-year term ends in October, said better communication with government should be the main focus point for her successor.

“We are enforcers of rules, but the rules are created by government. When we disagree about the rules we need to find a quiet space to discuss what the rules say before we have to enforce it. I hope my successor does that,” News24 quoted her as saying.