Advocate Thuli Madonsela, the Public Protector from 19 October 2009 to October 2016

Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee set up to appoint a new Public Protector as Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s term comes to an end is interviewing candidates the whole Thursday and night.

Fourteen candidates have been shortlisted for the country’s ombudsman including The candidates include Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai, Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Willie Hofmyer and former Deputy Public Protector Mamiki Goodman.

Adv Thuli Madonsela was appointed to the office of the Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma in October of 2009. If it is worth a mention the previous Public Protector, Lawrence Mushwana, did NOT give the chapter 9 institution any prominance and little was heard of it.

Apon acceeeding the office Madonsela demonstrated the independence and the powers of the Public Protector, investigating and releasing a report on Nkandla titled “Secure in Comfort”, the SABC and PRASA.


Full list of the shortlisted candidates;

  1. Judge Sharise Weiner
  2. Judge Sirajudien Desai
  3. Adv Kevin Malunga
  4. Adv Nonkosi Cetywayo
  5. Adv Mhlaliseni Mthembu
  6. Adv Madibeng Mokoditwa
  7. Adv Mamiki Goodman
  8. Adjunct Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller
  9. Prof Bongani Majola
  10. Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane
  11. Ms Jill Oliphant
  12. Ms Muvhango Lukhaimane
  13. Ms Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh
  14. Mr Willie Hofmeyer

The committee has opted to interview all the candidates in one day.


On Twitter, Judith February felt non of the 14 candidates stood out.

There was a lot of talk about Judge Desai

Approval for some of the candidates

Are Madonsela’s shoes too big to fill?

Who do you think should take over from Adv Thuli Madonsela.