Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka has been chosen as the most suitable candidate for the job of Public Protector and will be presented to the National Assembly.
The Ad Hoc Committee entrusted with nominating a replacement for suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane met on Tuesday to discuss its preferred candidate to helm the Chapter 9 Institution.
The gathering comes after members of the committee interviewed the eight candidates last week.
The committee decided to nominate Gcaleka for the position after deliberations on Tuesday.
According to the committee’s chairperson Cyril Xaba, seven MPs voted in favour of the Acting Public Protector, while four were against her recommendation.
Gcaleka’s nomination was opposed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Gcaleka will now require the backing of not less than 60% of the National Assembly.
Following that, her name would be forwarded to President Cyril Ramaphosa for appointment.
The committee began its search for Mkhwebane’s replacement in June of this year, as her seven-year term expires in October.