Public Protector Thuli Madonsela Set To Launch Her Book This Year


South Africa’s public protector Thuli Madonsela will soon launch her book entitled: No Longer Whispering to Power: The Tenure of Thuli Madonsela. The book will encompass Thuli Madonsela’s seven years as South Africa’s Public Protector. The publisher of the book Jonathan Ball said copies of the book would be ready in the second half of the year.

Thuli’s book will be authored by journalist Thandeka Gqubule. Gqubule, a veteran journalist who has worked in the media for nearly three decades, and he will explain the message behind the book’s title.

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“Speaking in Cape Town last year, Thuli Madonsela said that her role as Public Protector is akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the king or the ruler.”

“A ruler ignores the Makhadzi at his peril. During the speech, Madonsela joked that when the sounds of exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, that is when the whispering has failed. This book is about Madonsela’s tenure during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of South Africa’s people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector.”

“I have followed the story of the Public Protector with great dedication and passion,” she adds.

Speaking through a statement also, the publisher said, “The book will examine Madonsela’s seven years in the hot seat: the highs and lows, but also something of the personal beliefs and values that have assisted her through her term of office.”

Commenting about the book, Jonathan Ball publishing director Jeremy Boraine said: “We are thrilled to be publishing this book. Madonsela and her office have been praised and vilified in equal measures during her time in office, often putting her on centre stage.”

“In my view the Public Protector has achieved in seven years what few accomplish in a lifetime. There is enormous public interest in Madonsela and the work she has done, and it’s crucial that this be gathered and recorded in a book.”

Madonsela is expected to vacate her office in October this year when her non-renewable tenure comes to an end. She has made headlines in the past three years for her investigation and controversial recommendation on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. Before she publicly released her findings, reports said she was taken to court by the government’s security cluster.

After she published her findings, she was attacked by the African National Congress, the government and Parliament. She was allegedly said to be an agent for the US’ Central Intelligence Agency and that she has worked hand in glove with the Democratic Alliance.

Thuli is known for speaking in whispering tones. She is always immaculately dressed [No wonder she stole the show during 2016 State of the Nation Address]. When she walks into a room and begins speaking, people sit up and listen. She is simply brave, defiant and resolute. She has taken on some of South Africa’s most powerful politicians and won.

She championed investigations of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, controversial ex-police chief Bheki Cele and a host of other government ministers. Her investigations so far have led to the firing of at least two ministers – the late Sicelo Shiceka of Cooperative Governance and Public Works’ Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Cele, who was found guilty of authorising a dodgy lease deal worth billions of rands.

In 2012, Corruption Watch’s director David Lewis described her as “South Africa’s most important bulwark against corruption”.

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