Madonsela disappointed her deputy did not make the cut

2016-08-24 21:15
Thuli Madonsela (File, Beeld)

Thuli Madonsela (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was disappointed when her deputy Kevin Malunga failed to make the cut as her successor, she told journalists on Wednesday.

“Well obviously, I have worked with my deputy. It's not my place to comment on Parliament's decision. I think Parliament made a decision it wanted,” she said on the sidelines of the 29th Annual Labour Law Conference.

She was confident Malunga was incorruptible.

“He has his strengths and he has different weaknesses and the important thing is that Parliament doesn't appoint somebody who is supposed to be my clone.”

Parliament’s ad hoc committee established to find a replacement for Madonsela on Wednesday selected advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to recommend to the National Assembly.

READ: Mkhwebane selected as Public Protector candidate

Madonsela said she was able to do the job because she had experience in the public sector and had run her own company.

“I hope that Parliament appoints somebody who is strong in administration, who has operated independently before, somebody who has run an institution but is independent; because I didn't come out from this job straight from the public service. I had run my own company, so I know what it means to make decisions where you are the last person to make a decision,” she said.

During the committee’s interviews with candidates, a letter from the State Security Agency was produced, according to which Malunga did not qualify for the job. This was because he did not meet the requirements for top secret security clearance.

He was born in Zimbabwe and was naturalised in 2010, having renounced his Zimbabwean citizenship. He would only be eligible for full security clearance after 20 years.

Parliament’s law adviser Zuraya Adhikari however told the committee last week that the Public Protector Act did not stipulate that the job required top secret security clearance.

Last week, the committee whittled the 14 remaining candidates down to five: Judges Siraj Desai and Sharise Weiner, Mkhwebane and Muvhango Lukhaimane and Professor Bongani Majola.

Madonsela's seven-year term ends in mid-October.


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