The Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga’s seven-year term of office will end on December the 9th this year.

The National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise says Parliament has to start the process of searching for someone to replace him.

Malunga has been Deputy Public Protector since December 2012.

Announcing it at the daily Parliamentary publication called – Announcements, Tablings and Committee (ATC), the Modise says she has written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, on the 12th of June this year, to inform him about the expiry of Malunga’s term of office.

The Speaker also informed the President about the process to fill the vacancy in terms of the Public Protector Act.

Modise’s letter to the President, according to the ATC, has been referred to the Justice and Correctional Services Committee for consideration.

This means the Committee has four months left to start searching for a Deputy Public Protector and conclude the parliamentary processes, which include interviewing candidates, recommending the successful one and seeking the final approval of the majority of the National Assembly before the President can appoint a new Deputy Public Protector.

The Act makes provision of a Deputy to serve only two terms of office. That’s if the Deputy is re-appointed after being nominated and becoming the successful candidate.

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