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 Civic Services.

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 Senior Researcher.

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.


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