EFF statement on the Ad Hoc Committee to nominate a person for appointment as Public Protector
29 August 2023
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rejects, with contempt, the decision of the "Ad Hoc Committee to Nominate a Person for Appointment as Public Protector" to recommend to the National Assembly the name of Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka. The recommendation is irrational and nonsensical.
The EFF remains steadfast in its commitment to a transparent and credible appointment process for the Office of the Public Protector. As one of South Africa's pivotal Chapter 9 institutions, this office requires a leader who can be both impartial and decisive.
Our evaluation of various candidates throughout the interview process has led us to one conclusion: the candidate recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee falls significantly short of our expectations and requirements for this position.
We must focus on the disconcerting irregularities and evident conflicts of interest surrounding the candidate recommended by the Committee. This individual exhibited a serious lapse in ethical judgment in the performance of her official duties, particularly in the case involving Phala Phala.