Special parliamentary committee to meet over Public Protector candidates

Makhosi Khoza says MPs will meet this morning to decide who should be interviewed.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela addresses the media at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s civic academy in Houghton on 10 May 2016. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The special parliamentary committee set up to find a new Public Protector is expected to emerge with a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed by the end of Wednesday.

Before narrowing down the list of candidates, the committee will have to decide what criteria to use and also the number of people that will be shortlisted.

Outgoing Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, leaves her office at the end of October.

Committee chairperson, Makhosi Khoza, said that Members of Parliament would meet this morning to decide who should be interviewed.

"So we think members have had enough time to look at the list, so we're not expecting that members will have a difficulty in knowing who should be their preferred candidate."

South Africans had until last week Friday to comment on or lodge objections to the candidates.

They include Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga, Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai and Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr.

Non-governmental organisation, Corruption Watch, has compiled a 143-page a dossier of the candidates which looked at whether they were suitably qualified and whether they had any skeletons in their closets.