Friday is the last day to lodge complaints or comment about the Public Protector candidates.

The candidates were announced on Tuesday, June 28, giving the public over a week to make submissions to the ad hoc committee tasked with finding a replacement for Thuli Madonsela, whose term comes to an end in October.

“It should also be borne in mind that objections against a nominee or applicant will not be automatically used to eliminate a particular candidate,” committee chairperson Makhosi Khoza said at the time.

“The committee will follow due process in validating such objections.”

The candidates included deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga, African National Congress MP Loyiso Mpumlwana, Economic Freedom Fighters chairperson Dali Mpofu, Judge Sirajudien Desai and academic Professor Pierre de Vos.

Khoza on Tuesday urged members of the public and civil society to lodge their complaints on time. The committee appealed to anyone making comments or objections to disclose their identity, so their submissions could be authenticated.

Candidates would be shortlisted and interviews held after the August 3 elections.

Over 70 people were initially nominated. This number was whittled down to 59 after some nominees declined or were unavailable.

Source: News24