Mkhwebane is the new Public Protector

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Busisiwe Mkhwebane is one of the Public Protector candidates. Her name has been put forward by the Ad Hoc Committee as the preferred candidate to be the next Public Protector.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has appointed Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the new Public Protector.

His office released a statement earlier this morning, announcing the appointment.

It says the decision was made on the recommendation of the National Assembly.

Mkhwebane will serve for a period of seven years with effect from 15 October.

At the same time, President Zuma has also thanked outgoing public protector Thuli Madonsela for her service.

This is Madonsela's last week in office.

Zuma is due to meet Madonsela on Thursday.

Madonsela says the president will need to answer questions about his relationship with the Gupta family.