Mkhwebane gets nod as public protector

Busisiwe Mkhwebane. File photo. Picture: Gallo Images / City Press / Jaco Marais
Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Picture: Gallo Images / City Press / Jaco Marais

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane was last night officially nominated to succeed Thuli Madonsela as South Africa’s new public protector.

She needed 240 votes – 60% of the National Assembly – to be nominated – and gained 263 votes.

Mkhwebane’s name will now be forwarded to President Jacob Zuma for her appointment.

The ANC and all major opposition parties, except the DA and COPE, supported her election.

Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP and chairwoman of the ad hoc committee tasked with appointing the public protector, said the process was democratic and characterised by much public input.

Khoza said 78 people were nominated, and 14 shortlisted, with the final interviews televised.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach said the DA did not support Mkhwebane’s nomination because the public protector should be independent and impartial.

The EFF requested that Madonsela be allowed to address the National Assembly on the lessons she had learnt while in the position.

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