Public Protector candidate interviews to get underway this morning

The committee tasked with finding Thuli Madonsela's successor plans to interview all 14 candidates in one day.

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

CAPE TOWN - Interviews of candidates for the post of Public Protector get underway this morning, amid concerns about plans to interview all 14 candidates in one day.

Each interview is expected to take about an hour, with advocate and Electoral Court judge Michael Mthembu first up and court sheriff, advocate Nonkosi Princess Cetywayo, the last at 11pm tonight.

This means the committee tasked with finding a successor to Thuli Madonsela will be sitting until around midnight, while some candidates will have spent most of the day in a holding room.

The interviews are to be broadcast live from Parliament.

Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution and Corruption Watch have called for the interviews to be run over two days, saying the marathon sitting could leave those dealt with last at a disadvantage.

But committee chairperson, Makhosi Khoza says while the NGOs' concerns are not without merit, they could have been raised earlier.

"I do think it is a bit unfair for the NGOs to tell us on the eve of the interviews this is going to be a rushed process. There's not much you can do right now."

The African National Congress Member of Parliament says reviewing the process, which she has tried to make as transparent as possible, would have serious financial implications.