Having done and dusted the selection process of finding the next South African Public Protector, the only surviving nominee, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, will be presented to the National Assembly, come Wednesday.
After a three-month search for Madonsela’s successor, Mkhwebane sailed the arduous interview after she swept 14 other shortlisted candidates off their feet and performing impressively and brilliantly during the interview.
In order to jump over the final hurdle, she would now need the support of 60 per cent of the Members of Parliaments National Assembly before she could be recommended to President Jacob Zuma for approval.
The preferred nominee previously served in the Public Protector’s office as a senior investigator between 1998 and 2005 before she left to join Home Affairs.
Currently, she is the Director of the Country Information and Cooperation Management Unit for the Department of Home Affairs. She also obtained a B Proc and LLB from the University of the North and a Diploma in Corporate Law and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.
Remarkably, should she be endorsed by president Zuma, Mkhwebane will be the fourth public protector and her appointment is expected to last for seven years
Meanwhile, she is expected to hit the ground running by expediting an investigation into the alleged state capture by the Guptas, amongst others.
Although Busisiwe Mkhwebane was highly recommended by most political parties, there are insinuations that she is president Zuma’s buddy.
During her interview, EFF leader Julius Malema argued that though Mkhwebane kowtows to Zuma, she’ll remain the Public Protector even after Zuma vacates office.
With that, he added: “she is going to be a public protector beyond Zuma’s term of office, so even if she was a Zuma candidate, he will not be there at some point. We are appointing her to a well-established institution, with rules and established practices and investigators. If she tries any shenanigans, the institution itself will expose her for who she is.”