Parliament endorses Mkhwebane for Public Protector

Advocate Busisiwe MkhwebaneAdvocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane

Advocate Busisiwe MkhwebaneM

THE National Assembly has today (Wednesday) approved Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s appointment as South Africa’s next Public Protector.
Her nomination was approved by 263 to 79 votes and one abstention by The Congress of the People who said her CV left some unanswered questions.
Mkwebane was nominated by the Inkatha Freedom Party and she emerged as the favourite for the ANC and remaining opposition parties to succeed Thuli Madonsela on a shortlist full of legal professionals after the perceived choice of the ruling party Judge Siraj Desai lost his temper during an interview for the post, leading opposition parties to plead that he lacked the cool to withstand the pressures of the job.
But the DA is objected arguing that her stint as an analyst at the State Security Agency made her an unsuitable and suspicious choice for the job while the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) deputy leader Floyd Shivambu said his party saw her as the best candidate with the best strategy to expand the reach of the chapter nine institution to remote rural areas to fight corruption and ensure the poor were not denied basic services.

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