Committee to grill Public Protector candidates


Ad hoc committee chairwoman Makhosi Khoza and her team are set to interview 14 candidates over a 16-hour period.

* Editor&39;s note:This live stream is scheduled to start at 08:00am.

CAPE TOWN - The grilling of candidates vying to take over from Thuli Madonsela as public protector will get under way on Thursday.

The ad hoc committee will interview 14 candidates over a 16-hour period.

CATCH IT LIVE: Interviews for Public Protector post

The committee has to go through the candidates&39; credentials, with each applicant allocated one hour in the hot seat.

READ: The 14 candidates shortlisted for public protector position

Among those shortlisted are Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga and High Court Judge Seraj Desai.

Madonsela’s seven-year tenure comes to an end in October.

But some lobby groups are worried about some aspects of the process so far.

"There have been shortcuts and I think those short cuts pose risks," said Alison Tilley of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

"That would be one of my concerns and also that parliament doesn&39;t have the capacity to do a thorough forensic investigation into different candidates."

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