Madonsela urges successor to protect the public

The Public Protector says her successor should protect the public and have a history of serving citizens.

Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Thuli Madonsela has offered her successor some advice once she steps down from her role as Public Protector.

Madonsela's seven-year term in office comes to an end in October.

Five people have been shortlisted to take over the reins from Madonsela.

She wouldn't comment on those who've made the cut, but she did say whoever takes over must have a history of passionately serving the public.

"Hopefully you would have been a protector of the public all your life and keep that as a mandate, to protect the public from excesses in the exercise of State power. Never seek to protect anyone other than the public."

The Public Protector received the Lead SA Leadership Award at the Lead SA Changemakers conference at the weekend.

The conference was held at the Century City conference centre yesterday where Madonsela also delivered the keynote address.