A Parlimanetary ad-hoc committee tasked with selecting South Africa’s next Public Protector (Ombudsman) has recommended an official from the Department of Home Affairs (Interior) for the post.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the Director of the Country Information and Co-operation Management Unit at the Department of Home Affairs, was recommended to become the next Public Protector when the ad hoc committee on the Public Protector announced its choice here Wednesday.
The ad hoc committee met earlier in the day to eliminate four of the five remaining candidates who were chosen out of the 14 interviewed. The other four candidates were Judge Siraj Desai, Judge Erica Weiner, Professor Bongani Majola and Muvhango Lukhamaine, a lawyer.
Legislators from the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), and from opposition parties the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), locked horns regarding Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai’s candidacy for the position of Public Protector.
Judge Erica Weiner was the first candidate whose candidacy was deliberated. The ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and EFF believed Judge Weiner should stay on the bench because of a shortage of female judges.
The committee’s report with the recommended name will be sent to the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, for final approval no later than Aug 31.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK