South Africa’s parliament has on Thursday began to interview candidates to replace Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
The committee tasked with replacing Madonsela has whittled down the number of candidates to just 14 names.
The nomination process opened on 3 June and closed on 24 June 2016 – with the committee receiving a total of 73 nominations and applications, which was short-listed to 59 candidates.
News24 reported that the interview process got off to a shaky start, after EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu called for the shortlisting process to be re-opened.
Armed with a lawyer’s letter questioning why EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu was not shortlisted, Shivambu accused the committee of steamrolling the process.
He also slammed the committee’s decision to interview all 14 candidates in one day.
Shivambu was attending the committee for the first time, and said the meetings had occurred during the election campaigning and they could not leave that to attend the meetings.
“As EFF we object profusely to the manner in which the shortlisting was done. We are going to support any legal action against the process,” he said a few minutes before the interviews started.
He called for the criteria of shortlisting to be clarified and re-opened, and committee members to start the process again, “fairly”.
Had they been part of the process, he said, there were other candidates they would have suggested for shortlisting.
Chairperson Makhosi Khoza said the EFF were holding the process to ransom.
She said backtracking a few minutes before the interviews started was not the right way to do business.
Their lawyers would respond to the letter, before overriding Shivambu and starting the interviews, 20 minutes later than scheduled.
Among the 14 candidates shortlisted are two judges, several lawyers, as well as the current deputy national director of public prosecutions.
Candidates were expected to have approximately 40 minutes to sell themselves to the committee during the interview process.
The 14 nominated candidates are as follows:
- Judge Siraj Desai (High Court in Cape Town)
- Justice Sharise Weiner
- Adv Kevin Sifiso Malunga (Current deputy public protector)
- Adv Mamiki Goodman
- Busisiwe Mkhwebane (former director at the Department of home affairs)
- Jill Claudelle Oliphant
- Michael Mthembu
- Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller
- Adv William Andrew Hofmeyr (deputy director of Public Prosecution)
- Adv Nonkosi Princess Cetywayo (Sheriff of Belville High Court)
- Bongani Majola
- Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh (executive director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre)
- Muvhango Lukhaimane (Pension Funds Adjudicator)
- Adv Chris Madibeng Mokoditwa