EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu on Thursday morning was furious about the fact that the selection committee was planning to “rush” the interviewing of possible candidates to replace Thuli Madonsela in the important chapter 9 institution.
All 14 candidates are meant to be interviewed today, the last one at 11pm, and the DA, through its MP Glynnis Breytenbach, has also said the schedule was “impractical”. They have been joined by others in this view, including Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution and Corruption Watch.
“We are very concerned about the scheduling. Late today and tonight the candidates will be prejudiced because they are tired and we are tired,” Breytenbach said.
Shivambu said the shortlisting process was concerning and the whole process was inherently unfair.
“Do not steamroll with process in the way you have done before … We are going to support any court action that is going to nullify this [process]; we are cautioning you for the last time now,” he said.
As a result of Shivambu’s objections, the first interview at 7am was already missed and no one had yet been called by 8am.
The chairperson of the ad hoc parliamentary committee established to nominate the next public protector told Shivambu all the issues were old ones. He tried to get the process rolling again. But Shivambu threatened that he would go to court to declare the entire process invalid.
However, the programme started, albeit late, and the first candidate on the list, Advocate MM Mthembu started being interviewed with early questions focusing on why he failed to pay a bill and had a poor payment record.
Others have also expressed concerns that committee members might not be as alert at the end of the day as they were at the start of it.
Khoza had said on Wednesday that the rationale behind the one-day marathon screening was so that no candidates had an unfair advantage over any others‚ as the interviews would be broadcast live. The candidates were being kept in a room with no TV so that they can’t watch proceedings.
There are 14 candidates on the list to take over the helm of the public protector’s office from incumbent Thuli Madonsela. The 14 candidates nominated to take the position of the Public Protector were escorted into a lock-up venue in parliament just before 7.30am.
The special committee has until the end of the month to submit its preferred candidate to the national assembly.
After Mthembu’s interview, this was the provisional schedule before the morning’s delay.
– Judge Sharise Erica Weiner 8.50-9.50am
– Advocate Chris Madibeng Mokoditwa 9.55-10.55am
– Judge Serajudien Desai 11am-noon
– Adjunct Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller 12.05-1.05pm
– Advocate Mamiki Thabitha Goodman 1.50-2.50pm
– Busisiwe Mkhwebane 2.55-3.55pm
– Jill Claudelle Oliphant 4-5pm
– Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh 5.05-6.05pm
– Advocate Kevin Sifiso Malunga 6.10-7.10pm
– Willam Andrew Hofmeyr 7.45-8.45pm
– Muvhango Antoinette Lukhaimane 8.50-9.50pm
– Professor Bongani Majola 9.55-10.55pm
– Advocate Nonkosi Princess Cetywayo 11pm-midnight