As it happened: Public Protector - Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane is chosen

2016-08-24 12:46

Parliament's ad hoc committee tasked with finding a new Public Protector have chosen Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane as candidate to replace Thuli Madonsela.

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24 Aug 16:21

The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela’s shoes.

Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs.

She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress’ Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain.

MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job.

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24 Aug 16:14

MPs thank Dr Makhosi Khoza for her work as chair.

The meeting is adjourned.

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24 Aug 16:09

24 Aug 16:09
DA doesn't agree and it is so noted.

24 Aug 16:08
Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is the chosen candidate. 

24 Aug 16:08
All parties except DA agree on Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

24 Aug 16:07
DA reserving comment on Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Rest agree she stays.

24 Aug 16:06
Judge Siraj Desai is also out. Malema says "thank you".

24 Aug 16:06
Committee agrees Judge Sharise Weiner falls

24 Aug 16:04

That concludes the discussion.

Now it is decision time.

24 Aug 16:03
Horn says Majola will be like Thuli Madonsela.

24 Aug 16:01

Werner Horn (DA) also supporting Majola.

DA MPs seem to prefer Majola as preferred candidate.

24 Aug 15:58
Malema is not impressed with Majola.

24 Aug 15:54
Patric Maesela (ANC) says he respects the prof but he did not give satisfactory answers about his job in the Great Lakes area. 

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Glynnis Breytenbach (DA) praises Majola for being gracious even though his interview was at 03:00.

She says he has all the needed experience for the job as PP.

24 Aug 15:50
Refilwe Mothapo (ANC) says Mojalo was her dean at university. Good academic with international experience. She says he should stay in academics to continue good work there.

24 Aug 15:48
Prof Themba Msimang (IFP) says he was impressed by Majola but his answer to a question about his contribution to the struggle was disappointing.

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24 Aug 15:45
Steve Swart (ACDP) says we should be proud of Prof Majola for his work at the UN tribunal. Says he is qualified for the job and could hit the ground running.

24 Aug 15:43
Thomas Bongo (ANC) also worries about the funding issue but says his CV is powerful.

24 Aug 15:43
Thomas Bongo (ANC) also worries about the funding issue but says his CV is powerful.

24 Aug 15:41

24 Aug 15:41
Floyd Shivambu (EFF) was not impressed with Prof Majola’s explanation of fundraising model and attention to detail. 

24 Aug 15:39
Next up is Professor Bongani Majola.

24 Aug 15:38

Phumzile van Damme (DA) says she worries that MPs say women should rather stay in their current positions.

If women want to move forward, it should be allowed.

She says Lukhaimane was one of her favourites.

“She has a keen mind and is well qualified.”

24 Aug 15:36
Steve Swart (ACDP) also endorses Lukhaimane. 

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24 Aug 15:35
Glynnis Breytenbach (DA) is full of praise. Says she lacks experience but she would support her.

24 Aug 15:34
Nic Koornhof (ANC) calls her a go-getter. Says she was full of energy.

24 Aug 15:33
Werner Horn (DA) says she had a good interview. She does not have a lot of experience but is good with admin.

24 Aug 15:32

24 Aug 15:25
Lukhaimane is currently employed as Pension Funds Adjudicator, and has served in the position since June 2013.

24 Aug 15:23
Next up is Advocate Muvhango Lukhaimane.

24 Aug 15:22
Shivambu agrees she should be the recommended candidate.

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24 Aug 15:19
Floyd Shivambu (EFF) jokingly congratulates Mkhwebane on her imminent appointment as Public Protector.

24 Aug 15:18
Phumzile van Damme (DA) says Mkhwebane lacks experience and worries about her working at the State Security Agency after complaints about political interference there.

24 Aug 15:17
Steve Swart (ACDP) says Mkhwebane is a good consensus candidate but has doubts similar to the DA.

24 Aug 15:15

Glynnis Breytenbach (DA) says don’t overestimate Mkhwebane.

Says she is less experienced than some of others and says she is concerned about Mkhwebane going from director in Home Affairs to lower level job at State Security. “She could not answer why.”

Breytenbach does not endorse her as candidate.

24 Aug 15:12

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24 Aug 15:10
Malema also recommends her.

24 Aug 15:08

Julius Malema (EFF) says he tweeted she is one of the good people, but then he received a tip-off that she is a candidate for President Jacob Zuma, that he prefers her above others.

“But Zuma is going at some point and she will be Public Protector beyond Zuma’s term.”

24 Aug 15:06
Patric Maesela (ANC) says Mkhwebane passed the litmus test.

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