Following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s retirement in few months, the parliamentary ad hoc committee established to shortlist candidates for the public protector role, has on Monday confirmed that 72 applications and nominations for the position were received by Friday afternoon.
This was revealed by the parliamentary committee chirperson Makhosi Khoza who said she is overwhelmed by the public’s response to the nomination process, adding that cutting down the list won’t be easy because of the quality of the candidates.
Friday June 24 was the deadline for the chance to apply and nominate people to succeed Thuli Madonsela when her seven-year‚ nonrenewable term expires in October.
Dr Makhosi Khoza who promised to release the names of the applicants and those who had been nominated, at a media conference on Tuesday, revealed that the list includes Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmeyr, Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai and Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga.
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“We have judges, we have professors of law, we have advocates and so forth… It’s going to be absolutely important that we come up with a criteria that all parties are agreed with,” said Khoza.
According to Khoza, the committee received 21 nominations on Wednesday last week by 3.30pm on Friday, they received 72 applications and nominations
She also said some of the nominees might fall off the list. Nominees had been informed that they needed to submit their curriculum vitae‚ which would be subject to public scrutiny.
“Just now‚ my staff is busy processing all nominations and tomorrow‚ we will be having a press conference to announce the names. The list will advise of who has been nominated and those who have applied‚” Khoza said.
Speaking further on those vying for public protector role, Khoza said after the shortlisted names had been announced‚ the public will have another opportunity to make comments and objections on the nominees and applicants as the committee in turn takes note of them.
“The public needs to disclose their names and the reason for their objections. We are not going to entertain objections without the disclosure of a reason‚” Khoza said.
Interviews will also be held for those shortlisted for the public protector role in August and the committee said it would table its preferred candidate to the National Assembly by August 31.
Meanwhile as Public Protector Thuli prepares for her final leave, she is still relentless in clearing her desk by looking into various cases yet to be investigated.
Presently, Thuli is holding a three-day hearing on the regulatory challenges concerning the alleged illegal conversion of panel vans into minibus taxis.
The investigation was launched in 2012 following a complaint that panel vans had been illegally converted into taxis and that these vehicles were responsible for a number of fatalities on South Africa’s roads.
The Public Protector’s communication manager, Oupa Segalwe, said a number of interested parties would be making submissions at the hearing before Madonsela finalised her report.
Segalwe also said Madonsela has called a network of interested parties to come and make presentations, “you know the big four banks for their roles in financing the acquisitions of those vehicles and other institutions such as the South African Bureau of Standards and so forth,” Segalwe said.