MPs to interview 14 candidates for Public Protector position next month

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach complained about not having enough time to pore over the public's input.

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

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) will interview 14 people for the position of Public Protector next month.

They include Judge Siraj Desai, deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr and deputy public protector Kevin Malunga.

Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's non-renewable term ends in October.

Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach complained about not having enough time to pore over the public's input before shortlisting began yesterday.

"I find it regrettable that the process has been rushed, we've now complied a shortlist of people not having had access to all the information that was available."

But committee chairperson Makhosi Khoza says the process was fair, and that MPs have a tight deadline.

"Given the fact that it's the first time that this kind of process has so intense, and I think as much as possible, I tried to make sure that the process everybody participated and that public views are taken into account."

Of the 14 candidates in the running to be the next Public Protector, eight are women.

Interviews are scheduled for 11 August.