Here are top five things you need to know about our new Public Protector, Advocate Busi Mkhwebane.
5. Advocate Busi Mkhwebane has a legal background. Born in Bethal, Mpumalanga, Mkhwebane got her matric from Makhuphula Secondary School before completing her B.Proc (now called L.B.) at University of the North, and then swotting up on corporate and tax law at Rand Afrikaans University. Mkhwebane has also spent two years as a prosecutor.
4. She’s clued up on immigration, from her recent gig in National Immigration Services to her directorship of Refugee Affairs a few years ago. Mkhwebane also has a strong interest in human rights thanks to her time as a senior researcher for the SA Human Rights Commission, plus her service on the National Action Plan on Human Rights committee in 1998.
3. Mkhwebane, like her predecessor Thuli Madonsela, defied the odds with her appointment. She was the youngest of the final five candidates that wanted the post. She beat off heavyweight competition from High Court judges and even a former deputy public protector. Her cool head during the interview process – not to mention being one of the only interviewees to remember MPs’ names when she was quizzed – helped her stand out.
2. When asked by MPs what attributes she’d bring to the table if she was appointed, Mkhwebane chose her integrity. Pretty key for the role!
1. Mkhwebane’s interview gained her some great reactions on Twitter. Users applauded her to-the-point answers and persuasive manner: