Zuma appoints new Public Prote

Zuma appoints new Public Protector as Madonsela finishes off her last week

Arguably one of South Africa’s best-loved people, Thuli Madonsela is finishing her seven-year stint as Public Protector while president Zuma has finalised the appointment of Adv. Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane

Zuma appoints new Public Prote

Thuli Madonsela, in her seven-year term as our Public Protector, has arguably had a bigger impact on the country than anyone since Nelson Mandela, and perhaps more importantly, set the bar for what a public protector should be.

No small feat when you look at the resistance she’s faced from the ruling ANC throughout her seven years; and some pretty large shoes to fill for Adv Mkhwebane, who’ll take up the role on October 15 when Madonsela says goodbye.

The presidency announced Mkhwebane’s appointment on Thursday, following a gruelling interview process and subsequent approval by the majority of the National Assembly.

Only the DA opposed Mkhwebane’s appointment, claiming she had failed to disclose that she had been on the payroll of the state security agency while being deployed in the Far East, adding that she could still be in the employ of the agency acting as a spy and Zuma loyalist.

In the meantime, Madonsela is finishing off her last ever project as PP, an investigation into state capture by the Gupta family and certain elements within government colluding with the controversial family.

Her report should be completed by October 14 and it would be interesting to see what Mkhwebane does with it, should it put her at odds with the ANC-led government so early in her tenure.