Outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s predecessor, Adv Lawrence Mushwana, was grilled on Thursday, about his golden handshake during an interview in Parliament.
Mushwana was one of the candidates who reapplied to fill one of the seven commissioner positions at the SAHRC. He appeared before Parliament’s justice portfolio committee to be interviewed for the position of SAHRC chairperson.
However, things took a different turn when he was asked to tell MPs why he should be reappointed. At this point, EFF MP Sam Matiase, who appeared to have been longing to lambaste Mushwana, ordered him to make use of the door.
According to Matiase, Mushwana shouldn’t have reapplied for the post because he received R7 million when he left the position as SA’s Public Protector. Secondly, he accused the former PP – who apparently looked dispirited – of being unresponsive to sensitive issues when he was the public protector.
Lawrence Mushwana Told To Go Home
With these, Matiase advised him “to go home” because “unresponsive leadership is an institutional disease.” While tempers flared at the interview room, ANC MP Loyiso Mpumlwana and committee chairperson Mathole Motshekga came to Mushwana’s rescue.
Motshekga criticized the EFF MP for asking the advocate to go home. He reminded Matiase that the committee invited Mushwana to determine his suitability for the job, and not to cut him down to size.
“I would say that we were unanimous in shortlisting advocate Mushwana, and today we want to determine his suitability. It would not be fair to say to a candidate that now is the time to go home. It would seem like we invited him to humiliate him,” he said.
Lawrence Mushwana was South Africa’s former Public Protector from October 2002 until October 2009. He was appointed by Former President Thabo Mbeki.
Other candidates interviewed include; one-time student activist and Human rights lawyer Asha Ramgobin; and former African National Congress Western Cape leader Rev Chris Nissen.
The interviews continue today.