Outgoing Thuli Madonsela warns her successor of tough job ahead

Madonsela has warned her successor that the role of Public Protector will not be an easy job.

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

CAPE TOWN - Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has warned her successor that the role of Public Protector will not be an easy job.

Madonsela steps down in October following seven years in office.

The committee established to appoint her successor has trimmed the shortlist from 14 to 5 candidates.

Those are State Security Agency analyst Busisiwe Mkhwebane, former prosecutor Bongani Majola, Pensions Fund adjudicator Muvhango Lukhaimane and Judges Siraj Desai and Sharise Weiner.

Speaking at Century City where the Lead SA Changemakers Conference in Cape Town last night, Madonsela said she gets enormous joy from fulfilling her role as Pubic Protector but says it's also been a tough seven years in office.

While she's received praise from civil society for her work but she says certain individuals have not been as complimentary.

"I must warn that now that I know if you do protect the public meaningfully, some people may feel a bit bruised and therefore they might want to bruise you back."

Madonsela refrained from commenting on the candidate shortlist but is confident the committee will appoint the best person for the job.

Meanwhile, Madonsela was awarded Lead SA's 2016 Leadership Award.