Search for new Public Protector begins

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 11, 2016

Members of Parliament’s ad-hoc committee are in for a long day as it sets about interviewing the 14 candidates shortlisted to replace Thuli Madonsela’s as the country new Public Protector from 07h45 to midnight.

In a statement last month, Committee Chairperson Makhosi Khoza said it was pleased that the candidates selected meet the minimum requirements as set in the criteria, and that it was also satisfied that eight of the candidates were woman. 

The shortlisted candidates are:

Judge Sharise Weiner

Judge Sirajudien Desai

Adv. Kevin Malunga

Adv. Nonkosi Cetywayo

Adv. Mhlaliseni Mthembu

Adv. Madibeng Mokoditwa

Adv. Mamiki Goodman

Adjunct Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller

Prof Bongani Majola

Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Ms Jill Oliphant

Ms Muvhango Lukhaimane

Ms Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

Mr Willie Hofmeyer

Civil rights union Afriforum has however expressed at the inclusion of Desai, Cetywayo and Hofmeyer admits previous controversies.

Speaking in a statement, Afriforum Deputy CEO Ernst Roets said Desai had previously served as legal advisor to uMkhonto we Sizwe during the Motsuenyane Commission in 1993, Cetywayo was known to have “political offices” in and out of the ANC, while Hofmeyer had been involved in the dropping of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009.

“Advocate Thuli Madonsela has proven in the Nkandla matter that the position of Public Protector requires a candidate who is not afraid to go up against South Africa’s president if and when necessary. Awarding this position to someone who, even slightly, appears to be more concerned with protecting the president will therefore send a questionable signal to the South African public and the world at large,” Roets said.

Madonsela’s single seven year term, which according to the Constitution cannot be renewed for a second term, ends in October.