Parliament seeks nominations for Deputy Public Protector

Deputy Public Protector
02 Sep 2019

The search for a new Deputy Public Protector is underway.

The portfolio committee on justice and correctional services has called for nominations of suitable candidates for appointment as Deputy Public Protector.

According to the invitation, a list of all nominations/applications received will be published in order to allow members of the public an opportunity to comment on the suitability of candidates.

The president appoints the Deputy Public Protector on the recommendation of the National Assembly for a period determined by the President but not exceeding seven years.

The Deputy Public Protector may be reappointed for one additional term.

Nominations/applications are invited until 20 September 2019.

In a statement, the chairperson of the committee, Bulelani Magwanishe, explained that the “position of Deputy Public Protector becomes vacant early in December when the contract of the current Deputy Public Protector, Mr Kevin Malunga, comes to an end”.

Meanwhile, the committee has decided to refer the matter of the removal of the Public Protector to the Rules Committee of parliament in “order to draft a new rule or rules on the process to be followed in removing a Public Protector or head of other Chapter 9 Institutions”.

Parliament currently has no rules in place governing how a Public Protector should be investigated by the legislature.

According to a statement, the committee “unanimously agreed to refer the matter in order for processes regarding the rules to be started, which would serve as a guideline for the removal of any Chapter 9 Institution’s head”.

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