Se­lect­ing SA’s new PP ‘to be trans­par­ent’

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CAPE TOWN — Se­lect­ing South Africa’s new pub­lic pro­tec­tor will be trans­par­ent and with­out “un­der­cover deal­ings”, MPs were told yes­ter­day.

“The pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process starts now. There are not go­ing to be any un­der­cover deal­ings,” said Makhosi Khoza, chair­per­son of the ad hoc com­mit­tee es­tab­lished to nom­i­nate a can­di­date for the po­si­tion.

The best can­di­date would get the job, she stressed at a meet­ing to out­line the com­mit­tee’s work.

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties had raised con­cerns about the ex­tent of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process.

Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela’s term ends in Oc­to­ber, and Par­lia­ment has tasked the ad hoc com­mit­tee with nom­i­nat­ing a re­place­ment by Au­gust 31.

The pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion process would not only start with in­ter­views, she as­sured mem­bers.

EFF leader Julius Malema said they had to en­sure max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion by any­one with an in­ter­est in the ap­point­ment. He called for the CVs of those nom­i­nated for the post to be made pub­lic, so the pub­lic and civil so­ci­ety could com­ment.

“And as a demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tion, we should never feel in­tim­i­dated or ir­ri­tated by such,” he said.

Cit­ing sev­eral court cases, DA MP Glyn­nis Breyten­bach said pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion would make the process much more trans­par­ent and would bind the ap­pointee to do their job with­out fear, favour, or prej­u­dice.

ANC MP Bon­gani Bongo said the pub­lic was al­ready in­volved in the nom­i­na­tion process.

African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party MP Steve Swart said civil so­ci­ety had a role to play be­yond the nom­i­na­tions, into the rec­om­men­da­tion process.

MPs called for in­ter­views to be con­ducted on live tele­vi­sion on the Par­lia­ment chan­nel.

Khoza said she was open to sug­ges­tions on how far the pub­lic could par­tic­i­pate. Civil so­ci­ety would be al­lowed to sub­mit ques­tions to the com­mit­tee to be posed to the can­di­dates, if rel­e­vant.

Ad­ver­tise­ments call­ing for nom­i­na­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions would be pub­lished in week­end pa­pers and broad­cast on ra­dio for three weeks.

Short-listed can­di­dates would be in­ter­viewed af­ter the Au­gust 3 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

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