“Section 5 (1) of the Law states that the Ombudsman shall be approved by the Parliament on the proposal of not less than five members of Parliament.

The SCA is of the view that the process currently enshrined in the Law is not sufficiently broad and transparent. In particular, it does not:

  • require the advertisement of vacancies for members; and
  • promote broad consultation and/or participation in the application, screening, selection, and appointment process for all members.

[…] The SCA notes that the Ombudsman has proposed amendments to its enabling law to provide for the advertisement of vacancies and the ability for all interested candidates to submit their application prior to proposals being made by the members of Parliament.”