South Africans encouraged to 'have their say' on next public protector

Corruption Watch has urged the public to nominate candidates to succeed Thuli Madonsela.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's term ends in October. Picture: Kgothaso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch has launched a campaign to encourage South Africans to nominate candidates who can succeed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, as her term in office comes to an end in October.

Madonsela is the first woman to have ever held the position.

Corruption Watch says the public has the right to nominate a candidate and submit questions that will be asked to those who will be shortlisted.

The organisation's David Lewis says the public isn't aware of their rights to participate in the process.

"Whoever is appointed must know that the public is watching and they have a view and are waiting to see whether the public protector protects the public or protects the executive."

Last week, the organisation joined the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance in the Constitutional Court case to hold President Jacob Zuma for unduly benefiting from security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Lewis said they would like to ensure the recommendations made by the public protector were upheld by the president.

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