Judith February gives Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane the thumbs up

It was Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane's name recommended to the National Assembly as the next public Protector replacing Thuli Madonsela.

Initially when the shortlisting started, Judge Siraj Desai emerged as the front runner and had a strong backing from ANC but he was easily discarded by all the other parties.

Judith February, Senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies says that Adv Mkhwebane's interview was good but the Judge Desai's interview was somewhat poor.

She says Adv Mkhwebane was an excellent candidate in that she handled herself very well and did not break under pressure and scrutiny.

There was no doubt that Judge Desai was the front runner, the ANC within the committee were clearly backing him...

Judith February, Director,of Democracy and Governance and Service Delivery Research Programme

But frankly Judge Desai interviewed so poorly, he lost his temper and had to apologise for that... it became difficult for the ANC to push his name forward when there was no opposition support

Judith February, Director,of Democracy and Governance and Service Delivery Research Programme

February says that during her interview Mkhwebane could not explain her move from a senior position in Home Affairs to the state agency position as an analyst and that nearly set her back.

I do feel we need to give benefit of a doubt. One would hope that someone with a state security background she is not going to want to pivot to secrecy.

Judith February, Director,of Democracy and Governance and Service Delivery Research Programme

Listen to the full conversation below:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
Convicted murderers of Winnie Rust went on a shopping spree using her bank cards

Convicted murderers of Winnie Rust went on a shopping spree using her bank cards

EWN reporter Shamiela Fisher says 77-year-old Rust took care of one of the accused and supported him and his family financially.

Land expropriation and Marikana are key issues for Ramaphosa's Sona response

Land expropriation and Marikana are key issues for Ramaphosa's Sona response

President Cyril Ramaphosa will respond to MPs questions on his State of the Nation Address delivered in Parliament on Tuesday.

[LISTEN] Blade Nzimande says he is available to serve in Cabinet again

[LISTEN] Blade Nzimande says he is available to serve in Cabinet again

SACP leader Dr Blade Nzimande who was axed as Higher Education Minister by Jacob Zuma says he would serve under Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cape Town British Consulate denies asking for water usage exemptions

Cape Town British Consulate denies asking for water usage exemptions

British Consulate-General Edward Roman says it did not request 'Day Zero' exemptions and is in complete support of the City.

Don't miss the chance to have your say on motorist 'demerit' laws

Don't miss the chance to have your say on motorist 'demerit' laws

AARTO Amendment Bill represents the biggest change in how road traffic offences are dealt with.

EFF will be calling for a dissolution of Parliament - Julius Malema

EFF will be calling for a dissolution of Parliament - Julius Malema

EFF will not be taking part in the elections of the new president this afternoon and want to call for early national elections.

Popular articles
"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

Sunday Times journo Thanduxolo Jika who broke the front page story about the Gupta family emails vouches for their authenticity.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

‘My worst fear is being 80 years old and poor’ – famed actor Dr. John Kani

‘My worst fear is being 80 years old and poor’ – famed actor Dr. John Kani

"My earliest memory of money is my father saying, ‘Why do you want to do this thing? How are you going to feed the family?'"

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

5 advantages of leasing instead of owning a car (lower monthly payments!)

5 advantages of leasing instead of owning a car (lower monthly payments!)

Want (or need) a new car? Dale Scorer (a wealth manager at AlphaWealth) reckons you should consider leasing.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?