A quick look at South Africa’s Public Protector Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela’s tenure in office, brings to mind one of Emma Watson’s quote, which says
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
It’s been crystal clear that the strong-willed protector has lived up to expectations. She also exemplified the idea that what really counts in the pursuit of success are resolve, determination, assertiveness, and honesty; as opposed to gender or sex.
Advocate Madonsela was appointed by the President with effect from 15 October 2009, following a unanimous vote by all parties represented in Parliament. She is SA’s 3rd Public Protector and the first woman to man the constitutional institution.
However, Madonsela’s tenure will end on October 19. Of course, she is not constitutionally allowed serve a second term. Therefore, a new Public Protector has to be selected.
To this effect, Buzzsouthafrica gathered that the ad hoc committee tasked with finding a new Public Protector will set the ball rolling for the selection process on Wednesday.
The National Assembly on Tuesday, “resolved to establish an ad hoc committee” which ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthebu asserted would produce someone who “will continue with the institution’s work of ensuring good governance and strengthening our constitutional democracy”.
The 10-person committee is led by ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza and has six ANC members, two from the DA, one from the EFF and two from other political parties.
In addition, the committee have until August 31 to report back to the National Assembly. It is imperative to state that the Public Protector position is fixed at seven years.
Eligibility Of Prospective South Africa’s Public Protector
And According to the Public Protector Act, the successful candidate must be:
• A South African citizen who is a fit and proper person to hold such office and who is a judge of a High Court, or
• Is admitted as an advocate or an attorney and has, for 10 years, practised, or
• Is qualified to be admitted as an advocate or an attorney and has, for 10 years after qualifying, lectured in law at a university, or
• Has specialised knowledge of or experience, of at least 10 years, in the administration of justice, public administration or public finance or
• Has, for at least 10 years, been a member of Parliament.
Significantly, Corruption Watch launched a campaign in February to ensure that South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s replacement as public protector upholds the office as a cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy.
The Corruption Watch added that the campaign was launched to encourage the public to take an active part in nominating and voting for suitable candidates‚ creating avenues for vigorous public engagement and dialogue about the role of the public protector‚ while also exploring new ways of engaging and amplifying the public voice.