Thulisile Madonsela: A Befitting Award For An Exceptional Woman


South Africa’s third outstanding Public Protector, Thulisile Madonsela has once again received international recognition as she was awarded the German Africa Prize Award 2016.

The honourary award‚ from the German Africa Foundation‚ is such that is bestowed on Africans who through their duties demonstrate exceptional commitment towards promoting peace‚ rule of law‚ democracy‚ human rights and culture on the African continent.

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In South Africa, there is no better choice for the German Africa Prize Award than Thuli Madonsela who has selflessly defended the interest of the people without any form of prejudice. Even though she was appointed as Public Protector under the administration of Jacob Zuma, she did  not allow it to cloud her judgement when the Nkandla case came up.

She made it clear in a statement that she appreciates the honour but emphasised that the Public Protector team do not work to be recognised, but to make sure that justice is served appropriately. Madonsela had said in a statement:

“As the Public Protector team‚ we do not seek any recognition or awards but we are encouraged when other people appreciate what we are doing.

“We do our work in pursuit of our constitutional duty to support and strengthen constitutional democracy and all of it guided by our desire to ensure that our country continues to pursue the rule of law.”

The German African Prize Award will be presented to the Public Protector in October in Berlin‚ Germany.

Advocate Thulisile Madonsela was appointed South Africa’s third Public Protector in October 2009 by President Jacob Zuma, after she was recommended by a special parliamentary committee.

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Concerned about who will succeed her and after a selfless and worthy duty for the benefit of South Africans, Thuli has urged South Africans to speak up and choose wisely.

As her tenure ends later this year, Corruption Watch has lunched a campaign to encourage South Africans to nominate candidates who they feel are worthy to succeed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, when she leaves at the end of October.

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