Public Protector candidature still running
19 August 2016
Five candidates, including two judges, are head-to-head for the job. The committee tasked with finding a new Public Protector spent two hours yesterday eliminating nine of the 14 shortlisted candidates who were interviewed last week.
Two of the five candidates attracted the most debate, Judge Siraj Desai and Professor Bongani Majola. African National Congress members of Parliament argued strongly for Desai, including Amos Masondo.
But the Democratic Alliance noted Desai’s volatile temper, while the Economic Freedom Fighters questioned Desai’s lack of financial skills.
The EFF’s Floyd Shivambu also objected to Majola for being a prosecutor and magistrate under apartheid and having no struggle credentials. However, the ANC and DA backed him.
The committee meets on Wednesday to agree, or go to a vote, on a final candidate to recommend to the National Assembly.