A detail biography of Thuli Madonsela

A detail biography of Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela is a role model to every South African woman. She has served effortlessly in the legal systems in the country and left a legacy worth emulating in the offices she served.

The most efficient position she served is as the Public Protector of South Africa between 2009 and 2016. To show how strong a woman, she also took part in drafting the current constitution of the country.

Thuli Madonsela age: She was born on 28th September 1962.

Thuli Madonsela Family: During the time of her birth, her parents, Bafana Madonsela and Nomasonto Madonsela, who used to earn a living through informal trading, named her Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela. She grew up in Soweto alongside her brother, Musa Madonsela. Her family traces its roots back in Swaziland.

Thuli Madonsela husband: After the passing of her former husband, Thuli vowed to remain single.

Thuli Madonsela children: She raised her two kids as a single parent named Wenzile Madonsela and Mbusowabantu Fidel.

Thuli Madonsela education: She attended Evelyn Baring High School between the years 1980 and 1983. Upon completing her high school education, she got into the legal field where she practiced as a legal and education officer. This was between 1984 and 1987 and she worked with Paper Printing Wood & Allied Workers Union. In 1987, she graduated from the University of Swaziland with a Bachelors Degree in Law. She, later on, enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand where she graduated in 1990 with an LLB.

Thuli Madonsela awards and honours

In 2011, she was recognized by the Daily Maverick for “serving her role as an ombudsman to the exercise of executive power with an unwavering commitment to truth.” The recognition was followed by her being named the South African Person of the Year.

  • In 2014, she received the Transparency International Integrity Award.
  • In 2014, she received the title of the Woman of Courage during the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.
  • In 2014, she was recognized as the ANN7 South African of the Year.
  • In 2014, Times magazine made an official recognition of Thuli describing her as “an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be”. She was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the Leaders category.
  • In 2015, she received honorary awards from Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, and University of Hare, and Rhodes University.
  • In 2016, she was bestowed upon the Forbes African Person of the year – German Africa Prize.
  • In 2016, she received the FW de Klerk Goodwill Award.
  • In 2016, she was recognized as BBC’s top 100 women.
  • In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the North West University.

Thuli Madonsela books

  • Secure in Comfort that was published on 19th March 2014.
  • “Corruption” that was published in September 2012
  • Women and the law in South Africa: Gender equality jurisprudence in landmark court decisions. It was published in 2014.
  • “Beyond Putting Women on the Agenda” was published in 1995.

Thuli Madonsela quotes

  • ‘You are somebody right now. Never let anyone make you believe you are somebody when you have a title.’
  • ‘It’s vital that every girl determines, as early as possible, who she is and what her contribution to humanity will be.’
  • ‘[Forgiveness is] not for the wrongdoers but to liberate yourself from their emotional prison.’
  • ‘If there is one thing I’ve learned it is that wrong thing are not done by bad people.’
  • Just because we deal with underhanded people, doesn’t mean we too must be underhanded.’
  • At times we to have to stand alone with only hope as our companions. If you stand for the truth and do so long enough hope does eventually pay.’
  • ‘..listen well [to] hear what is not said.’

Thuli Madonsela contact details

Telephone: (+27) 61 179 9327 (IB-MD)

Email: [email protected]

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