15 Aug Women’s Month: Thuli Madonsela
Continuing with Women’s Month this August, this week’s feature is on Thulisile Madonsela, more well-known as (Former) ‘Public Protector’ Thuli Madonsela. A Business woman, commissioner and advocate for gender equality – to mention a few titles. Born in Soweto Thuli obtained a bachelor of Law from the University of Swaziland in and soon after, an LLB at Wits University (Thuli would later go on to do her LL.D from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Cape Town). She then started working as an assistant teacher at her former school, before entering the legal profession as a legal and education officer.
Since 1987, she has worked in several government departments, civil society organisations, and academia. She has lectured law at Wits University; been the presiding officer at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC); worked as deputy director at the Justice Department and held the position of managing director at the Office of the Status of Women in the Presidency.
In 2009 Madonsela was officially appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven year term. She was the only full-time commissioner in the South African law Reform Commission at the time. Of all her achievements and high profile positions that she has held, it is the Public Protector position that most put her in the public eye. For her role as Public Prosecutor Madonsela received international praise for her efficiency and professionalism, including recognition by the Daily Maverick, Time, Glamour, ANN7, Transparency International, and the BBC.
Thuli has authored and co authored several books; chapters, journals and handbooks on gender management and gender mainstreaming. She was also one of the drafters of South Africa’s current constitution in 1994.
In 2012 Thuli was honored with the award of South Africa’s Most Influential Women as well as Glamour’s Women of the Year in 2014. Thank you for your years of hard work and contribution to South African society. We thank you Thuli Madonsela!