Professor Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. She has been an ardent defender of human rights and the South African Constitution. Here are just a couple of reasons why she’s an absolute #boss lady.
Her work ethic is on point
Prof. Madonsela got her BA in Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987, and then her LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2015, she received her Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. from the University of Stellenbosch.
She has been a teacher and an advocate working for various organisations and unions in the past, prior to becoming Public Protector in 2009. Her hard-working nature has taken her from strength to strength in all of her endeavours.
She knows how to earn respect
Prof. Madonsela came into the public eye when she became South Africa’s Public Protector - and, as we all know, being a public figure opens you up to a lot of potential scrutiny. However, she kept her head up and let her professionalism, expertise and hard work do all the talking. Her legacy has been a positive one, and there is no doubt that many South Africans look up to her and have massive respect for her.
Prof. Madonsela may come across as soft-spoken but make no mistake, she is one fierce lady! During her years as Public Protector, she made navigating the dirty world of politics with grace and resilience look easy. She wasn’t afraid to go after powerful figures and point out their wrongdoings. Despite her fearing for her safety at certain points of her term, she nonetheless refused to be silenced or coerced.
She upholds her values and beliefs
In 2017, Prof. Madonsela founded a foundation named “ThuMa”. The aim of this foundation is to empower South Africans in order to deepen and defend our country’s democracy, peace as well as the rule of law. The foundation also encourages ethical leadership and development by being vocal and holding departments and law-makers accountable.
Prof. Madonsela is also a fierce advocate for gender equality and the advancement of women. Because of this, she’s a member of the South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) and the Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA).
Prof. Thuli Madonsela is truly an inspiration to any girl or woman who aspires to be an agent of change in her community, country or the world at large. Her story shows that one person is not powerless, and that individuals are capable of working hard, earning respect and making a real difference in their society.