Malunga is new deputy protector

2012-11-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A new deputy public protector was yesterday voted in unanimously by MPs.

Advocate Kevin Malunga, currently the spokesperson for the Farlam commission into the Marikana violence, was one of four candidates. He will take office when the contract of the present deputy, Advocate Mamiki Shai, ends at the end of the month.

Malunga has held several senior posts in the office of the chief justice and the prosecution service.

He has previously criticised the DA for using the courts to clarify political issues.

In his interview, he said he supports the review of decisions of the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal, and would investigate anyone, even the president.

“In a consitutional democracy, no one is above the law. It’s a matter of how such an investigation is carried out. It would have to be asked if it can be done respectfully, and what the purpose of the investigation is,” he said.

Asked by Debbie Schafer of the DA how the president could be “respectfully” investigated for corruption, for instance, he said: “As deputy public protector, I would not insult the president, I’d leave that to politicians, we have to behave with decorum.”

On his CV, he indicated that in 2007, he acted as adviser to the compilers of the ANC’s policy document. This year, he has given legal advice on the controversial Traditional Courts Bill, the country’s language policy and the discussion document on the transformation of the judiciary.

He has also served on committees of the Black Lawyers’ Association, and owns a consultancy firm, Mbube Consulting CC, which he told MPs is no longer operational.

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