The Public Protector
is an office ("State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy" or "constitutional institution") of the Republic of South Africa, set up by Articles 181 and 182 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa
. It is similar to the office of ombudsman
in other countries.
The incumbent is Mabedle Lawrence Mushwana
, succeeding S A M Baqwa who was the first person to hold that office, from 1995