When Malunga vacated office last year, he warned that his successor must not be “star-struck by politicians”.
As deputy public protector, he said, you have no job going to politician's parties or being “overly buddy”.
“You can’t have a situation where they buy you dinners, they buy you whisky, you go to their parties. You don’t do that in this role. I have a very polite and somewhat good relationship with people in the state but I will not be seen at their houses or at their parties,” he said.
His advice to his successor: “You've got to be a person of very strict principles. Don’t take gifts that will come back to bite you, and manage conflict of interest”.
He said “it is a powerful position” and whoever stepped into his shoes must do so wisely.
Gcaleka was nominated for the position by the ANC in parliament last year, despite objections from opposition MPs who pointed out that she was former finance minister Malusi Gigaba’s adviser when he was found to have lied under oath during the Fireblade Aviation case. She had worked as Gigaba’s legal adviser in the last two portfolios he held before he resigned from cabinet in 2018.
The ANC rejected this, stating Gcaleka was ahead of other candidates for the position of deputy public protector as she “has a legal background‚ has been dealing with trial procedure through criminal trials‚ has been involved in investigative nature of work and has been exposed to the criminal justice system as a whole.”