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21 nominated to replace Madonsela as Public Protector

Thuli Madonsela’s 7-year term expires in October and is not renewable, making her an ineligible candidate.

FILE: Outgoing Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Twenty-one people have so far been nominated for the position of Public Protector including the incumbent, Thuli Madonsela, and her deputy, Kevin Malunga.

Madonsela's seven-year term expires in October and is not renewable, so she will not be eligible for re-appointment.

Chairperson of the parliamentary committee responsible for finding Madonsela's successor, Makhosi Khoza, has been giving an update on the process at Parliament.

Khoza says all the candidates nominated so far are very strong.

"Looking at the qualifications of all the people that have already been nominated thus far, they are all very competent individuals (and) we are going to have to manage that process very, very carefully."

The deadline for nominations expires on Friday.

"Interestingly we've received nominations that are coming from members of the public, largely, we haven't received any nominations so far that are coming from a political party or an organisation."

She says this is a good thing.

"It kind of depoliticises the process in a way. We've received very interesting nominations, and I must tell you, this committee's going to have a very difficult time in deciding who is going to be shortlisted."

She says while it was intended to shortlist candidates between 11 and 15 July, this may be done later if members of the committee find themselves unable to attend meetings because of campaigning for the local government elections on 3 August.

However, Khoza says interviews of those shortlisted will go ahead on 10 August and the committee will report back to the National Assembly on the name of its preferred candidate on 31 August.

Responding to the request by Corruption Watch and other NGOs for an extension of the five working days allowed to comment on or object to candidates, Khoza says submissions can be made beyond that period as long as they are received before the shortlisting begins, to give the committee time to investigate any objections.

Khoza also says the CVs of candidates may also be published on Parliament's website, but they will first be asked whether or not they consent to this.

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