Malema urges public to get involved in public protector selection

2016-06-01 17:03
Julius Malema. (File, News24)

Julius Malema. (File, News24)

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Cape Town – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has called on South Africans to get closely involved in the process of selecting a new public protector.

"They must nominate, they must object and they must comment," he said, speaking to News24 following a meeting of an ad hoc committee tasked with filling the post.

This, he said, would prevent cadre deployment.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's term ends in October and the committee has until August to nominate a suitable person.

Malema on Wednesday said he wanted the public to be closer to the process and monitor it for themselves.

"Politicians have got a tendency to think that, once elected, they must do everything for the public and the public will only be involved during voting after five years. I subscribe to a principle that says voters must follow their vote, they must be involved in the process," he said.

He called on the public to watch the interviews and make their favoured candidates known.

Candidate must be 'fit and proper'

This way, he said, parties would not be able to use their majority vote "against the will of the people". 

The temptation by politicians to get a party cadre deployed should be undermined by public interest, he said.

Once nominated by the committee, the candidate needs to be approved by 60% of the National Assembly.

Malema said they were looking for an independent person who would not be subjective, but apply the law and the Constitution fairly.

His sentiments were echoed by Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach, who said they would be looking for someone who was "fit and proper".

"We've seen how important it is to meet that standard. We are looking for someone who will conduct themselves without fear, favour or prejudice, who is capable of being objective in the face of adversity," said Breytenbach.

The post will be advertised in weekend publications and on radio, calling for nominations and applications.

Interviews will be held after the August 3 elections.

Read more on:    public protector  |  julius malema  |  thuli madonsela  |  cape town  |  parliament 2016

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