The Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee set up to find a new Public Protector (Ombudsman) to succeed the retiring incumbent, huli Madonsela, says 21 nominations to fill the post have been received.

Committee Chairperson Dr Makhosi Khoza said here Wednesday that the nominations had largely come from members of the public and that there was no Member of Parliament on the list of nominations.

Updating the media on the processes of consolidating nominees for the post, she said: "The Ad Hoc Committee .... has thus far received 21 nominations and applications for the position of Public Protector."

Mandosela's term in office ends in October after she assumed office in 2009. According to the Constitution, a person who is appointed to the position can only serve for one term.

Khoza said despite this, members of the public have continued to nominate the incumbent Public Protector. "The nominations received included, amongst others, the current standing Public Protector [Madonsela] and her Deputy, Kevin Malunga. Madonsela's name was nominated despite the legislative constraints .... which limits an incumbent to occupying the office for only one term," she added.

The closing date for members of the public to nominate or apply for the position of Public Protector is June 24, 2016.

Shortly after the committee was appointed, it adopted a programme that was anchored on public participation. The committee advertised the vacancy on June 3, 2016 in all major national, regional and local newspapers, radio stations as well as on Parliament's multimedia platforms.

The advertisement invited members of the public to nominate their preferred candidates and encouraged citizens who believed they were capable to fill the position to apply. The public will be able to make their comments or objections between June 27 and July 1, 2016.

After the public participation process, the committee will convene for shortlisting during the week of July 11 to 15 with interviews expected to be held on Aug 10, 2016, to ensure the committee is able to table its report of its preferred nominee to the National Assembly on Aug 31, 2016.

The Ad Hoc Committee nominee would have to be supported by more than 60 per cent of National Assembly members before the President can act on it.

Source: Nam News Network

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