Parties praise Public Protector front-runner Mkhwebane

The Democratic Alliance was the only party to oppose Mkhwebane's recommendation.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - Front-runner for the position of Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane's experience as a public servant and her cool head during her interview counted in her favour yesterday.

The committee in charge of finding a successor to Thuli Madonsela chose Mkhwebane, from among five remaining candidates, in a decision backed by most of the parties.

Mkhwebane's name must now go before the National Assembly before the end of the month.

If 60 percent of all Members of Parliament (MPs) agree her name will then be sent to President Jacob Zuma, who makes the final appointment.

MPs across all parties bar the Democratic Alliance (DA) had praise for Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The ANC praised her honesty and experience.

"She's black female and experienced, she's very grounded - honest, and sounded very ethical."

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Julius Malema praised her cool head.

"And that's what you need, you need people who, even when put under a difficult situation, they still manage to rise above and provide leadership."

The DA was the only party to oppose her. The party's objections, centred on her links to State Security and relative lack of legal experience, have been noted.

The committee is expected to table its report and Mkhwebane's name, to the National Assembly for approval by 60% of MPs on 31 August.