Parliament on Wednesday approved Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s nomination to replace outgoing Thuli Madonsela as public protector.


Mkhwebane (46), a lawyer whose most recent job was with the State Security Agency (SSA), has also worked as a director at home affairs and as an immigration official in China.


Her nomination was approved with 263 votes in favour, 79 against and 1 abstention. Her name will now go to President Zuma for his assent. It was the majority of 263  ANC,  EFF,  IFP,  African Christian Democratic Party and other parties that supported Mkhwebane.


The 263 MPs outvoted the DA, which scored 79 votes in the National Assembly on Wednesday.


If approved by Zuma, she would replace Madonsela, whose seven-year, non-renewable term ends in October. The public protector has a constitutional mandate to investigate misconduct and abuse in state affairs.


Parliament said on Wednesday it needed someone who will get onto the job immediately.The ANC and other parties defended Mkhwebane’s appointment despite claims by the DA that she was a spy.