Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Opposition MPs warned not to stall public protector shortlisting process

Leonie Pretorius
13 July 2016

Opposition Members of Parliament  have been warned against trying to discredit the process of finding a new Public Protector for narrow political gain.

The chairperson of the special parliamentary committee dealing with candidates, African National Congress  MP Makhosi Khoza, issued the warning this afternoon.

Khoza wants the committee to decide its shortlist of candidates to be interviewed by the end of the day.

But, in a statement, the Democratic Alliance has accused the ANC of failing to allow enough time to properly consider the public’s input on the candidates.
The committee has a tight deadline.

The National Assembly has to recommend a candidate for appointment by the president by the end of August.


The committee chairperson has urged MPs not to stall the process of shortlisting 10 candidates for interviews DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach says enough time should be allocated to consider public comment so that the shortlisting process takes into account their views.

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