today [August 11] it has been six years since a special committee of the National Assembly interviewed lawyer Busisiwe Mkhwebane for the post of public protector.
Mkhwebane is currently suspended and a parliamentary section 194 committee has been set up to investigate her fitness to hold office.
She was one of 14 shortlisted candidates after an interview.
More than 70 candidates were initially nominated for the post in a public consultation process from June to July 2016.
It was on August 11, 2016, when Mkhwebane was one of 14 candidates who were given public interviews in the Old Assembly Hall.
“My name is Busisiwe Mkhwebane. I will introduce myself. I am an authoritative and influential person, a believer in Christ, who acts objectively, competently and efficiently,” said Mkhwebane during the interview.
The National Assembly supported the recommendation for her appointment by 263 votes on September 7, 2016.
The announcement of Mkhwebane’s appointment was made by former President Jacob Zuma more than a week before she actually took office on October 15, 2016.
Today, six years on, Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office is being investigated by the parliamentary section 194 committee.
Below is a video interview with Busisiwa Mkhwebane: