Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed advocate Kholeka Gcaleka as the country’s new public protector, the presidency said on Wednesday.
Gcaleka’s appointment, recommended by the National Assembly, is for a non-renewable term of seven years, effective from November 1, 2023.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa has in terms of the constitution and on the recommendation of the National Assembly appointed advocate Nompilo Kholeka Gcaleka as public protector for a non-renewable term of seven years with effect from November 1 2023.
PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA APPOINTS ADVOCATE GCALEKA AS PUBLIC PROTECTOR
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“The president wishes advocate Gcaleka well in her position and trusts she will serve the people of South Africa with honour and dedication,” Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said.
She had been serving as the acting public protector since June 2022, following the suspension of her predecessor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who was later impeached in September.
Gcaleka’s appointment was supported by 61% of the National Assembly members, and Ramaphosa expressed his trust that she would serve the people of South Africa with honor and dedication in her new role.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu