The ANC majority of parliament’s justice committee has decided to recommend Kholeka Gcaleka as deputy public protector despite strong objections by opposition parties.
DA and the EFF strongly opposed the choice of Gcaleka, who was special adviser to former home affairs and finance minister Malusi Gigaba.
The committee’s recommendation will have to be voted on by the National Assembly.
ANC MP Hishaam Mohamed said Gcaleka’s extensive legal and investigative experience would be invaluable for the public protector’s office.
The current deputy public protector, Kevin Malunga, is due to leave office early next month.
Candidates interviewed by the committee included Gcaleka; advocates Lwazi Kubukeli, Noxolo Mbangeni and Puleng Matshelo; Moshoeshoe Moshoeshoe, an attorney working at the SA Revenue Service (Sars) as a senior manager for legal; Shadrack Nkuna, an advocate and deputy director of public administration investigations at the Public Service Commission; and attorney Buang Jones, acting head of legal services at the SA Human Rights Commission.