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14 contenders named for job of Public Protector

The shortlisted candidates vying for the Public Protector position have been announced by the parliamentary ad hoc committee established to nominate a person to take over from advocate Thuli Madonsela.

The 14 shortlisted candidates are:

1.Judge Sharise Weiner

2.Judge Sirajudien Desai

3.Adv Kevin Malunga

4.Adv Nonkosi Cetywayo

5.Adv Mhlaliseni Mthembu

6.Adv Madibeng Mokoditwa

7.Adv Mamiki Goodman

8.Adjunct Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller

9.Prof Bongani Majola

10.Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane

11.Ms Jill Oliphant

12.Ms Muvhango Lukhaimane

13.Ms Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

14.Mr Willie Hofmeyr

Explaining the criteria that was used to decide the shortlist‚ committee chairperson Makhosi Khoza cited: character of the nominee‚ experience‚ knowledge and skills. This was in addition to the minimum requirements which are prescribed in the law.

 “It was important for us to understand other attributes a candidatepossesses so as to determine whether they are ‘a fit and proper person’ for this position‚” said Dr Khoza.

The Committee also expressed its satisfaction at the number of female candidates shortlisted for this position. “The eight females on the shortlist are not only there to give effect to the gender sensitivity principle of our constitutional democracy‚ but are on the list because they meet the minimum requirements and the criteria the Committee adopted‚” Khoza said.

Interviews are set down for 11 August 2016.

The interview process will not take more than an hour per candidate – a minimum of 10- to 15 minutes will be given to each candidate to do a presentation; the remainder of the hour will be an opportunity for Committee members to engage each candidate.

The Committee plans to interview all the candidates on the same day and intends for candidates to arrive at the same time; to avoid others having an advantage over others as the interviews will be broadcast live.