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Who will be the new Public Protector?

By Jessica Anne Wood

The names of the candidates have been released and all eyes will now be on the ad hoc committee that has been established to manage the interview process and appoint a new Public Protector. It is hoped that a decision will be reached with regards to the new Public Protector by the end of August.

The list of candidates arranged in alphabetical order of surnames and is as follows:

  1.        Mr Bernard Peter Agulhas
  2.        Adv Rhulani Ralph Baloyi
  3.        Ms Melanie Bernard (Fryer) (nomination sent via email before the closing date but did not reach the recipient)
  4.        Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller
  5.        Mr Vincent James Botto
  6.        Adv Nonkosi Princess Cetywayo
  7.        Mr Raymond Edward Chalom
  8.        Prof Pierre de Vos
  9.        Judge Sirajudien Desai
  10.    Mr Phillip Dexter
  11.    Adv Pumeza Futshane
  12.    Adv Andrea Gabriel SC (not contactable)
  13.    Ms Nombonisa Gasa (nomination declined)
  14.    Adv Mathys Johannes Gildenhuys
  15.    Adv MT Goodman (nee’ Shai)
  16.    Ms Pregs Govender (nomination declined)
  17.    Adv Mojankunyane Gumbi (not contactable)
  18.    Prof Alexander Mzamo Gumbi
  19.    Adv Mark Andrew Hawyes
  20.    Mr Nick Haysom (Not available at this time)
  21.    Mr William Andrew Hofmeyr
  22.    Adv Zarina Kellerman (nee’ Prasadh)
  23.    Adv KB Kgoroeadira
  24.    Mr Ashook Kirpa
  25.    Mr Burt Silverston Laing
  26.    Ms Muvhango Lukhaimane
  27.    Mrs Graca Simbine Machel (nomination declined)
  28.    Adv Zwelethu Madasa (The following nominations were sent via email before the closing date but did not reach the recipient)
  29.    Adv Thuli Madonsela (term not renewable)
  30.    Mr Prince Sefako Mafojane
  31.    Mr Zola Majavu (nomination declined)
  32.    Adv Mohale Joseph Maluleke
  33.    Adv Kevin Sifiso Malunga
  34.    Ms Lynnette Gail Marais
  35.    Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane
  36.    Mr Vickqus Nkosikhona Mncube
  37.    Adv Hishaam Mohamed
  38.    Mrs M Mohlala-Mulaudzi
  39.    Justice Yvonne Mokgoro (nominated declined)
  40.    Adv Chris Madibeng Mokoditwa
  41.    Mr Ronnie Samuel Mokoena
  42.    Mr Thokwane Phineas Post Moloto
  43.    Ms Tjitlo Monaledi
  44.    Ms Audrey Mpofu
  45.    Adv Dali Mpofu SC
  46.    Adv Loyiso Khanyisa Bunye Mpumlwana
  47.    Mrs M Mthebule
  48.    Adv MM Mthembu
  49.    Mr Themba Phillip Mthethwa
  50.    Adv Philani Pilatu Sydney Mthethwa
  51.    Ms Janine Kim Myburgh
  52.    Mr Krish Naidoo
  53.    Mr Gerrie Nel (nomination declined)
  54.    Mr Nhlanhla Nene (nomination declined)
  55.    Mr Malcolm John Sphiwe Nhleko
  56.    Ms Sophy Moipone Noko
  57.    Ms Vuyokazi Pamella Noncembu
  58.    Ms Nokuthula Sincercia Nwaoshai
  59.    Mr Mthuthuzeki Moshesh Nyiki
  60.    Mrs Jill Claudelle Oliphant
  61.    Adv Vusi Pikoli (nomination declined)
  62.    Ms Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
  63.    Mr Tshepiso David Humphrey Ramphele
  64.    Mr Riaz Achmed Saloojee
  65.    Mr Jonas Ben Sibanyoni
  66.    Mr Boiki-John Tamako
  67.    Ms Bawinile May Thabethe (nomination declined)
  68.    Adv Tseliso Thipanyane
  69.    Adv Randal Titus
  70.    Mr Khunoana Harry Tswago
  71.    Mr Vuyisa Vuza
  72.    Mr Hermanus Lambertus Waldicks (Candidate has withdrawn)
  73.    Judge Sharise Weiner
  74.    Mr Solo Johannes Makhonjwa (The following nominations were sent via email before the closing date but did not reach the recipient)
  75.    Ms Linda Carol Mabaso (The following nominations were sent via email before the closing date but did not reach the recipient)
  76.    Prof Bongani Christopher Majola (nomination sent via email before the closing date but did not reach the recipient)
  77.    Seswantsho Goffrey Lebeya (Nomination sent before closing date but not received)
  78.    Dr B Mmunsinyane (Nomination sent before closing date but not received)

The list can be viewed here.

The qualities of a Public Protector

When the campaign to appoint a new Public Protector commenced, the committee revealed the experience or knowledge that a suitable candidate should possess.

“The Public Protector is a state institution supporting constitutional democracy, established in terms of Chapter 9 of the Constitution, 1996. The Public Protector has the power to investigate any conduct in state affairs, or in the public administration in any sphere of government, that is alleged or suspected to be improper or to result in any impropriety or prejudice; to report on that conduct; and take appropriate remedial action. The Public Protector has the additional powers and functions prescribed by national legislation,” explained the committee.

The Public Protector is appointed by the President following the recommendation of the National Assembly. The following are considered when recommending a candidate: The candidate

  1. Is a Judge of a High Court; or
  2. Is admitted as an advocate or an attorney and has, for a cumulative period of at least 10 years after having been so admitted, practised as an advocate or an attorney; or
  3. Is qualified to be admitted as an advocate or an attorney and has, for a cumulative period of at least 10 years after having so qualified, lectured in law at a university; or
  4. Has specialised knowledge of or experience, for a cumulative period of at least 10 years, in the administration of justice, public administration or public finance; or
  5. Has, for a cumulative period of at least 10 years, been a member of Parliament; or
  6. Has acquired any combination of experience mentioned in paragraphs (b) to (e), for a cumulative period of at least 10 years.

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