National 24.8.2016 02:47 pm

Public protector candidates down to four

Thuli Madonsela. (File Photo by Gallo Images / Die Burger / Lulama Zenzile)

Thuli Madonsela. (File Photo by Gallo Images / Die Burger / Lulama Zenzile)

Judge Sharise Weiner is out of the running for the position of public protector.

The ANC and opposition parties said she had been doing an excellent job as a judge in her five years on the bench and that she was better suited to stay where she was.

However, DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach said Weiner had an “excellent” interview and was “by far the outstanding candidate of the crowd”.

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ANC MP Nic Koornhof said it was better for Weiner to stay on the bench “for the time being”, while EFF MP Floyd Shivambu said the person to fill incumbent Thuli Madonsela’s seat should be able to hit the ground running.

The ACDP agreed with the EFF.

“She is an excellent candidate. But we [the ACDP] support the EFF that she should hit the ground running,” he said, adding that Weiner had ongoing cases that still had to be heard and wouldn’t be able to fill the position immediately.

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