Profile of Advocate Busisiwe
Mkhwebane: Public Protector-RSA
Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane was appointed South Africa’s
fourth Public Protector for a non-renewable seven-year term
of office by President Jacob Zuma effective 15 October 2016.
This followed a thorough and transparent selection process
carried out by a parliamentary multi-party, ad-hoc
committee. All but one political party in the committee
endorsed her candidacy.
A seasoned lawyer, Adv. Mkhwebane brings to her new position
a wealth of experience, having worked in all areas of law in
a professional career spanning two decades.
At the time of her appointment to the position of Public
Protector, she was serving under the State Security Agency
as an Analyst. Adv. Mkhwebane previously worked at the
Department of Home Affairs, where she contributed in
different capacities at senior management level. Her roles
included Director: Country Information and Cooperation
Management and Director Refugee Affairs.
She has also served as a South African diplomat in China,
where she held the position of Councilor Immigration and
No stranger to the Public Protector South Africa, Adv.
Mkhwebane spent six years at the institution, initially as a
Senior Investigator and later rising to the position of
interim Provincial Head of the office’s Gauteng operations.
Prior to that stint at the Public Protector South Africa,
she served a sister Chapter 9 institution, the South African
Human Rights Commission, where she occupied the position of
Adv. Mkhwebane holds B. Proc and LLB degrees from the
University of the North. She also possesses a Diploma in
Corporate Law as well as a Higher Diploma in Tax Law, both
from the Rand Afrikaans University. She is in the process of
completing her Masters in Business Leadership from the
University of South Africa.