Does deputy public protector Kevin Malunga have the guns for the top job?

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Kevin Malunga (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
Kevin Malunga (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Durban - Well-educated, experienced, and the deputy to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela - could Kevin Malunga be South Africa's next protector?

Madonsela concludes her seven-year term in October. Members of the public have until Friday July 8 to comment on‚ or object to any of the now 59 names before a special Parliament ad hoc committee working to appoint a new Public Protector.

Malunga has been Madonsela's deputy since 2012.

His appointment involved a stringent selection process, including rigorous interviews by a multi-party parliamentary committee on justice and constitutional development. It recommended him for the job ahead of three other candidates.

A passion for education

Malunga holds a BA Law from the University of Swaziland, an LLB degree from the University of Natal and an LLM in international law from Georgetown University law centre in Washington, DC.

According to the Public Protector website, Malunga is a passionate academic.

He is currently a candidate for Doctor of Juridical Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison law school in the US.

His dissertation is on "South Africa's Unfinished Business: The challenges of implementing the rights to housing and education. A legal and policy analysis".

His passion for education saw him spend seven years as a law lecturer at his alma mater, the University of Natal, and at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He was involved in legal education work at the Black Lawyers Association, where he served as a trustee of the legal education centre.

Illustrious career

Malunga is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of International Law. He has had an "illustrious legal career dating back to the early 2000s" that SA has benefited from.

He served as spokesperson for the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the violence at a Lonmin mine in Marikana in August 2012, and was instrumental in crafting strategy and managing logistics on behalf of the commission, and advised commissioners on legal and other issues affecting their mandate.

He served as a state law adviser for policy co-ordination and monitoring at the justice department. In this position he was responsible for the Traditional Courts Bill, the discussion document on transformation the judiciary, drafting legislation, formulating policy, and researching and preparing speeches for the minister.

Malunga has also served as a member of the Ntsebeza Legal Team for reparations against multinational companies in the in the US.

- If you would like to comment or object to any names on the list, send your comments or objections to Vhonani Ramaano by Friday.

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