Madon­sela’s deputy, high court judge De­sai and EFF leader Mpofu on list for nom­i­na­tion for new Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor

CityPress - - Front Page - ANDISIWE MAKINANA andisiwe.makinana@city­press.co.za

Top ad­vo­cates Vusi Pikoli and Du­misa Nt­se­beza have turned down nom­i­na­tions to throw their hats into the ring to be the next Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, but Wil­lie Hofmeyr, the deputy na­tional di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions, Western Cape High Court Judge Si­raj De­sai and for­mer Con­sumer Com­mis­sion head Mamod­upi Mohlala-Mu­laudzi have con­firmed ac­cep­tance. Par­lia­ment had re­ceived 57 names by Fri­day’s dead­line. Also in the run­ning is ANC MP Loy­iso Mpuml­wana, who sits on Par­lia­ment’s jus­tice port­fo­lio com­mit­tee and who has been hos­tile in his in­ter­ac­tions with in­cum­bent Thuli Madon­sela when­ever she ap­pears be­fore that com­mit­tee.

“They asked me and I ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion,” he told City Press this week.

De­sai told the Cape Ar­gus this week that he had ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion.

Deputy Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Kevin Malunga, whose nom­i­na­tion was con­firmed last week by Par­lia­ment’s ad hoc com­mit­tee to nom­i­nate the new Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, is an­other can­di­date ex­pected to be a strong con­tender.

City Press has also learnt that ad­vo­cate Dali Mpofu, the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers’ na­tional chair­per­son, has thrown his name in the hat. At­tempts to ob­tain com­ment from Mpofu proved fu­tile.

Madon­sela’s seven-year term as Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor is not re­new­able, ac­cord­ing to sec­tion 183 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Her distin­guished term has won her ad­mi­ra­tion in the coun­try, but has cre­ated anx­i­ety that par­lia­men­tar­i­ans might set­tle for a less in­de­pen­dent new Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor.

Nt­se­beza told City Press he de­clined nom­i­na­tion for the po­si­tion to fo­cus on rep­re­sent­ing the fam­i­lies of the 34 Marikana mine work­ers who were killed by po­lice in 2012.

“By the time the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor is ap­pointed, it might just be the time when we have to lock heads with the gov­ern­ment par­ties and my sense was that I owe a duty more to those peo­ple.”

Pikoli an­nounced on Twit­ter on Fri­day that while he ac­knowl­edged all nom­i­na­tions for Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, he was de­clin­ing the nom­i­na­tion.

Mohlala-Mu­laudzi con­firmed to City Press that she had ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion.

Hofmeyr, whose sup­port­ers have started a Face­book group called Sup­port Wil­lie Hofmeyr for Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, told City Press that he ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion and was aware of the group lob­by­ing for him.

City Press has learnt that Pikoli threw his weight be­hind Hofmeyr, as has re­tired Judge Zak Ya­coob, for­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter Bar­bara Ho­gan, and for­mer ANC deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral and now am­bas­sador Then­jiwe Mt­intso and oth­ers.

Cor­rup­tion Watch has lob­bied for a strong pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process, which gets un­der way af­ter the names of the nom­i­nees are re­leased.

It could be a high-pres­sure time as MPs are on the cam­paign trail. In­ter­views are set down for the mid­dle of Au­gust af­ter a short­list­ing process.

The ad hoc com­mit­tee must fi­nalise its nom­i­na­tion process by the end of Au­gust and two-thirds of the Na­tional Assem­bly must adopt the pre­ferred name, which will be for­warded to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma for for­mal ap­point­ment.

Judge Si­raj De­sai Dali Mpofu WIl­lie Hofmeyr Mamod­upI Mohlala-Mu­laudzi

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