THE Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the woman to fill Thuli Madonsela’s shoes.
Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills.
She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress’ Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain.
MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job.
National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview.
“She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she has worked for that office before,” he said.
Tseke said the advocate had a sound understanding of procurement act in the country and made a good candidate for the post.
“Her communication skills were excellent. She answered all the questions that members of Parliament had asked. I recommend her to be the next public protector, she has a fine brain,” she said.
ANC MP Werner Horn said they were not sure about the candidate, while ANC MP Bongani Bongo said she was right for the job as she could hit the ground running, as she had worked for the office before.
Mkhwebane, a State Security analyst, even received a stamp of approval from EFF leader Julius Malema, who said she was close to what the country had in Madonsela.
He had heard rumours that she was a President Jacob Zuma candidate, but that had not come across in the interview, he said.
However, he said, decisions could not be made based on Zuma as he would not be around forever, he said.
“She is going to be a public protector beyond Zuma’s term of office, so even if she was a Zuma candidate, he will not be there at some point.
The DA’s Glynnis Breytenbach said she did not have management experience, while the ACDP’s Steve Swart said she was a candidate who seemed to have consensus with most of the political parties.
Mkhwebane will now be recommended to Parliament by next week.