Concern raised over marathon interviews scheduled for new Public Protector

A panel will interview 14 shortlisted candidates for the position of the next Public Protector in Parliament on Thursday morning.

The interviews are scheduled to begin at 7:45 and will end at midnight. However, some civil society organisations have lamented the structure of the process, which they have said is not ideal for the high profile position.

702's Nikiwe Bikitsha (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to Alison Tilley, Head of Advocacy at the Open Democracy Advice Centre, about the concerns.

She said the long schedule put candidates being interivewed later in the evening at a disadvantage of a thorough process as the panel is likely to be fatigued.

Listen to the interview below:

It's difficult to do 5 or 6 interviews on the run. This is now doing interviews over a period of time, where inevitably the last candidates are going to get the short end of the stick. We are concerned about the evenness of the opportunity.

Alison Tilley, Open Democracy Advice Centre
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