Search for new Public Protector gets underway

A multi-party committee has been established by the National Assembly to handle the process of appointing a new Public Protector.

This is after current Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s seven year non-renewable period and term of office ends in October 2016.

The committee will be liable for deciding who will fill Madonsela’s position.  The committee will consist of 11 Members of Parliament, with six African National Congress (ANC) MPs, two Democratic Alliance (DA) MPs, one Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP and two from other parties.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu introduced a motion for the committee’s establishment in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

He also said they are confident that the committee will emerge with a suitable candidate that will continue with the institution’s work of ensuring good governance and strengthening our constitutional democracy.

Mandosela’s term of office has been eventful, as we have seen her investigate the infamous security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

In March the Constitutional court ruled that the Public Protectors powers are binding and then ordered the President to pay back a reasonable price of the amount used for his homestead.

Facing a number of challenges in her corruption-buster journey, Madonsela in 2014 was subject to state security as claims that she is a CIA spy emerged, leading to a probe.

And earlier this month, a reliable source, told Madonsela that a Western Cape boss was paid R740 000 to have her assassinated.

Recently, the German Africa Foundation has awarded Madonsela with the German Africa Prize Award 2016. The award is bestowed on Africans who demonstrate exceptional commitment towards promoting peace‚ rule of law‚ democracy‚ human rights and culture on the African continent.

By Senzile Kubheka

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