Names of candidates vying for the office of South Africa’s Public Protector would be unveiled by the end of the week.
This development was announced by Ad Hoc Committee Chairperson, Makhosi Khoza.
The committee, made up of representatives of various political parties earlier received 74 nominations but 15 of them later dropped.
Importantly, the committee plans to meet on Wednesday to go through the criteria for shortlisting.
However, committee chairperson disclosed that the members will reconvene on Thursday should its discussions are not finalized.
Public Protector Thuli Nomkhosi Madonsela will wave her position goodbye in October, having completed her 8-year- term as the people’s advocate.
Makhosi Khoza-Led Committee Must Choose Wisely
A quick look at Madonsela’s tenure in office brings to mind one of Emma Watson’s quote. Watson once said: “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is the time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
Madonsela is a seasoned administrative investigator, equality expert, and policy specialist with over two and a half decades of post legal qualification experience.
She is also an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, human rights and constitutional lawyer. Madonsela holds a BA Law (UNISWA,1987), an LLB (Wits 1990), LLD Honoris Causa (Fort Hare, 2014) and LLD Honoris Causa (Stellenbosch, 2015).
When Madonsela’s name forwarded for the job of Public Protector, no single member of Parliament voted against her. And as a member of the ANC who had helped draft the Constitution, she was considered a good bet.
She was appointed by the President with effect from 15 October 2009, following a unanimous vote by all parties represented in Parliament.
Having spent 7 years in office, Madonsela has already proved the power of the Public Protector under a determined leader. She was born in Johannesburg in 1962 by informal traders. She grew up in Soweto. Her family originates from Swaziland.