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MPs grill first Public Protector candidate

The start of proceedings was delayed after opposition MPs objected to the interview process.

Screengrab of advocate Mhlaliseni Mthembu taking the assembly through his CV for the Public Protector position.

CAPE TOWN - Interviews of shortlisted candidates for the post of Public Protector are now underway.

The start of proceedings was delayed for about 20 minutes after opposition Members of Parliament (MP) objected to the 14 candidates being interviewed back-to-back in one day.

Advocacy groups have also objected to the programme. The last candidate's interview is only scheduled to begin at 11pm tonight.

The first candidate, Michael Mthembu, currently an Electoral Court judge, outlined his 35-year legal career as an attorney, advocate and acting judge.

Then came questions from MPs. The DA's Glynnis Breytenbach asked Mthembu about civil judgments against him, including one for a Nedbank loan that he failed to service.

Mthembu says he's arranged to repay the money. He denied knowledge of another civil judgment against him, involving Sars.

This is Mthembu's second bid to become public protector. It's understood he was not nominated but applied for the position himself.

The second candidate to be interviewed by committee for the post is Judge Sharise Weiner. She is currently motivating why she should be appointed.

14 people will be interviewed today.

WATCH: Public Protector candidate interviews live