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Appointment process for new Public Protector to get underway soon

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's non-renewable seven year term will end in October.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela briefs the media on the outcome of the Nkandla matter in the Con Court. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has announced it will soon establish a multi-party committee to begin the process of appointing a new Public Protector.

Thuli Madonsela's non-renewable seven year term ends in October.

"For the committee to be established, a motion has to be moved and adopted in the National Assembly," Parliament said in a statement.

Parliament must also "facilitate public involvement in the process of recommending candidates to fill vacancies on the Institutions Supporting Democracy", which includes the Public Protector.

At least 60 percent of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly must give their backing to the candidate before the president confirms the appointment.

Madonsela's eventful tenure saw her investigate the infamous security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

WATCH:_ Madonsela: ConCourt judgment a victory for SA._

In March, the Constitutional Court confirmed her office's powers in a judgment forcing Zuma to pay back a portion of the money spent on the Nkandla project.

But the corruption-buster has not had an easy term.

Earlier this month, Madonsela revealed that she had been warned about a hit out on her life.

The whistleblower, a known police informant, told Madonsela that a Western Cape gang boss had been paid R740,000 to assassinate her.

LISTEN: Madonsela concerned over authorities' 'disregard' for death threats.

In 2014, she was also the subject of a state security probe into claims that she is a CIA spy.

That same year, she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people for her ability to "speak truth to power and to address corruption in high places".