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EFF unimpressed with Public Protector candidates

The EFF says more people should have been shortlisted as most of the candidates did not impress.

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

CAPE TOWN - A s the grilling interviews for the post of Public Protector came to an end this morning, opposition parties in Parliament say the process was flawed and gave some candidates an unfair advantage.

The Economic Freedom Fighters says more people should have been shortlisted as most selected candidates did not impress.

The party's Floyd Shivambu says even though he does not support the deputy public protector Kevin Malunga, he disagrees with the manner in which he was treated by the committee.

"I think we could have done better if we had shortlisted more people to participate in this process. And I don't think also that the manner in which some of the candidates were treated was appropriate, particularly the Deputy Public Protector."

Meanwhile, exhausted Members of Parliament (MPs) have left the Parliamentary precinct after sitting until the early hours of this morning interviewing 14 candidates for the post of Public Protector.

The first interview began soon after 8am yesterday morning, the last one concluded just after 3am today.

The session was not short of drama as MPs grilled candidates.

Some MPs slammed the marathon, 20-hour sitting as unfair but committee chairperson Makhosi Khoza wasn't one of them.

"I am very satisfied, under the circumstances. The committee took a decision to interview all 14 candidates in one day, in one sitting and we managed to do that, and I do think that the members applied themselves."

Former deputy Public Protector Mamiki Goodman admitted she's been suspended from her job at the National Gambling Board and there's a question mark over her successor, Kevin Malunga's security clearance.

Judge Siraj Desai faced questions about a 2004 rape accusation that was withdrawn.

Candidates' struggle credentials, their attitudes to the land question and the role and operation of the Public Protector's Office all came under scrutiny.

But only one of the 14 will be found to have passed muster.

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