CANDIDATES FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S PUBLIC PROTECTOR MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF LAW

| July 18, 2016

The Parliamentary ad hoc committee tasked with the selection of South Africa's next Public Protector (Ombusdman) has stressed that candidates competing for the position must have a fair knowledge of the law.

Public Protector candidate interviews are scheduled to be held next month, as the term of the incumbent, Thuli Madonsela, will end in October. The 14 short-listed candidates are mainly from the legal fraternity.

Parliament initially received 79 nominations.

The ad hoc committee's chairperson, Dr Makhosi Khoza, said Sunday: "We are going to look at four main areas but it's not necessarily limited to that. It's going to be largely on the knowledge and understanding of the law.

"Secondly, we are going to look at the skills. One of the skill (requirements) that came from members of the public is that of forensic and investigative skills.

"The other thing we are going to look at is experience. The final one is going to be us looking into the moral compass of the candidate, which is around issues of rationality and whether the person can act independently.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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