South African iconic figures Pravin Gordhan and Thuli Madonsela have been heartily honoured, once again, for their applaudable achievements in the country.
On Monday, the duo received special honors at the 2016 Mahatma Gandhi Awards held at the Durban City Hall, for their estimable impacts and roles in their fields.
Former Public Protector and Nkandla biggest winner, Thuli Madonsela smiled home with the second Satyagraha Award for her laudable feats as South Africa’s Public Protector. She was honoured for her integrity, commitment and courage as enshrined in the country’s Constitution.
NPA/Hawks biggest winner and South Africa’s endearing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan received the Mahatma Gandhi Satyagraha Award for his contribution towards the promotion and championship of integrity and commitment in his various roles. Gordhan received the award in absentia due to ill heath.
Another recipient, Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jnr, received the International Award for Peace and Reconciliation. LaFayette once worked with American Baptist minister and activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr.
Other recipients of the 2016 Mahatma Gandhi Awards include; Shaka Sisulu and Judge Albie Sachs.
Speaking on the sidelines of the occasion, Madonsela expressed happiness with the prestigious award. She also seized the opportunity to comment on ANC Youth League’s scathing attack on her.
On Monday afternoon, at a press briefing, the league satirically told Madonsela to “rest in peace”, now she is resting after her tenure. It also accused her of promoting the agenda of her white masters and for vandalizing the name of the president on TV and in various media platforms.
In response, Madonsela said she was aware the league wanted to suppress the truth.
“I knew that there were those who’d rather the truth never come to light; and I knew that those that don’t want the truth to come to light would be angry with me, there is nothing that I can do about that,” she said.
We say a big and hearty congratulation to Madonsela and Gordhan for making the country proud.