DO YOU QUALIFY?
If you want the job of Public Protector, you must make sure you have “the balls to investigate any [government] department without fear, favour or prejudice” – that’s according to one of the responses from Thuli Madonsela’s own staff.
But you’ll also need to meet certain legal requirements set out in the Public Protector Act, including South African citizenship and a reputation for “honesty and integrity”. You’ll also need to be either: A judge at a high court; An admitted advocate or attorney who has lectured at a university for at least 10 years;
An admitted advocate or attorney with at least 10 years of experience;
Someone who has specialised knowledge, or at least 10 years of experience in the administration of justice, public administration or public finance; An MP with more than 10 years’ experience in Parliament; or Someone who has at least 10 years of experience in a combination of any of the above.