North Gauteng deputy judge president Aubrey Ledwaba has expressed disappointed at Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s refusal to apply for the position of a judge in Gauteng, considering her impacts and legacies in the country.
Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba disclosed that the Gauteng judiciary had looked forward to Madonsela joining them on the bench but was disappointed when her name was nowhere to be found among the list of the 13 shortlisted applicants.
“I would have loved her to join us. Maybe she will when the right time comes. She is very courageous and would have been one of the best candidates to join us. Thuli is the best asset for this country,” he said.
Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba was speaking at the inaugural Truth and Justice Awards dinner hosted by the Law Society of South Africa in Pretoria on Thursday.
The special occasion was held in respect to Madonsela for her efforts in fighting corruption and injustice perpetrated by government officials, especially, her impressive roles in Nkandla debacle.
Madonsela has served as the country’s public protector for the past seven years and is due to vacate her office next month. No doubt, she really performed beyond expectation.
While the event lasted, president of Black Lawyers Association, Lutendo Sigogo, praised the endearing public protector for being courageous even in the face of criticism and fierce opposition.
“You have done the dirty work and the person that will replace [you] will find a better and peaceful environment to work in and not fear being intimidated by politicians,” Sigogo said.
Madonsela has truly exemplified the idea that what really counts in the pursuit of success are resolve, determination, assertiveness, and honesty; as opposed to gender or sex.
She is a seasoned administrative investigator, equality expert and policy specialist with over two and a half decades of post legal qualification experience. Thuli Madonsela holds a BA Law (UNISWA,1987), an LLB (Wits 1990), LLD Honoris Causa (Fort Hare, 2014) and LLD Honoris Causa (Stellenbosch, 2015).
When Thuli Madonsela’s name was forwarded for the job of Public Protector, no single member of Parliament voted against her. And as a member of the African National Congress who had helped draft the Constitution, she was considered a good bet.
Madonsela was appointed by the President with effect from 15 October 2009, following a unanimous vote by all parties represented in Parliament. She is SA’s 3rd Public Protector and the first woman to man the constitutional institution.