Advocate Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane was appointed as the new public protector in South Africa — a very important, albeit often sadly emasculated, role. Adv. Mkhwebane will be replacing outgoing public protector Thuli Madonsela; her seven-year term officially begins on 15th October 2016.
In an informal online survey, Corruption Watch determined that her appointment by President Jacob Zuma was deemed transparent, and an 87% majority of respondents expressed confidence in Mkhwebane’s appointment. That said, controversy erupted after the country’s Democratic Alliance party claimed that Mkhwebane had been “on the payroll” of the State Security Agency, implying a former role as an intelligence officer for the state.