Clock ticks as the country anticipates new Public Protector
South Africans are close to knowing who their new Public Protector will be.
Five candidates have been shortlisted following marathon interviews last week that lasted around 20 hours.
While concern was raised over the length of the interviews, the parliamentary committee tasked with finding the new protector cited their reasons around fairness. This as the interviews aired live on tv which would have given other candidates an unfair advantage had they watched their contenders.
The five candidates who made the list are Judges Sharise Weiner, Siraj Desai, and advocates Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Muvhango Lukhaimane and Professor Bongani Majola.
The committee will now meet on Wednesday to make the final selection.
Director at Corruption Watch, David Lewis says they are happy with the five remaining candidates.
“I am pleased with the way the process has worked out and I think that the next person who is appointed is going to have to realise that they are going to be under immense scrutiny,” he said.