Candidates for SAHRC vacancies grilled about ‘Fess Must Fall’ protests

Eighteen shortlisted candidates are being interviewed today and tomorrow by Parly's Justice Committee.

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CAPE TOWN - Candidates for seven vacancies on the Human Rights Commission have been asked questions about the 'Fees Must Fall' protests sweeping the country.

Eighteen shortlisted candidates are being interviewed today and tomorrow by Parliament's Justice Committee.

Human rights lawyer Asha Ramgobin, once a student activist herself, told the committee she was unhappy about the destruction of property that has been a feature of the Fees Must Fall protests.

"Certain aspects of this form of protest really demonstrates a much undisciplined, unplanned approach to things. And when crises like that happens, organisations should actually step in and try to address it, all of the organisations, unless of course the agenda really is to try and make the entire country ungovernable."

Among the candidates are current Human Rights Commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana and former African National Congress Western Cape leader Rev Chris Nissen.