Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka elected as the new Public Protector by the National Assembly

Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka elected as the new Public Protector by the National Assembly

Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka has been elected by the National Assembly to serve as the new Public Protector.

Members of Parliament debated Gcaleka’s suitability as a candidate before to the voting.

South Africa’s new public protector is Kloeka Gcaleka.

Twelve MPs voted against Gcaleka, while 244 MPs voted in favour of him.

During the vote session, neither the DA nor the EFF were present.

Glynnis Breytenbach, a DA MP, and Mzwanele Manyi, an EFF MP, were expelled earlier for their refusal to retract divisive remarks.

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach stated during the debate that the position should be re-advertised since none of the selected applicants had the necessary qualifications.

She went on to accuse Gcaleka of obtaining promotions through sexual favours.

“Now, Ms. Gcaleka does not come to this point without a past, which led to quick promotions and her very active role in supporting the capture of the NPA,” she added.

“Her very cosy relationship—some would say intimate relationship—with the rather odious Menzi Simelani.”

Simelane was the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) previous Director of Public Prosecutions.

NEW PP’S EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Gcaleka attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study law, where she graduated with an LLB in 2003.

Nor does the desire for knowledge end there.

Additionally, the newly appointed Public Protector has a master’s degree in commercial law from the University of Johannesburg.

Is she qualified for this role?

She has been acting as the public protector since Mkhwebane’s suspension and serving as his deputy since 2020.

She has worked as an advocate for nearly 15 years.

Kholeka Gcaleka has also held “senior management” positions for the past ten years.

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