At her farewell gathering at Gallagher Convention Centre on Wednesday night, the outgoing public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela turned more than a few heads.
The 54-year-old outstanding ombudsman sizzled in a gold-plated glitzy Gert-Johan Coetzee dress with a flowing cape attached to it.
The world-class designer posted a picture of Thuli on Instagram, cherishing every moment he spent clothing the icon.
“It has been such an honour to dress our beloved Thuli Madonsela, such a national treasure and a beautiful human being. Go well, PP, we celebrate you. #PPFarewell.”
Coetzee’s publicist Melinda Shaw explained the designer’s choice of colour and fabric while making the dress.
“We wanted Adv Madonsela’s final official gown to reflect the combination of regal dignity and down-to-earth glamour that she brought to the public protector’s office.”
Meanwhile, every decision about the dress was totally in Coetzee’s hands as Madonsela’s busy schedule in her final days in office couldn’t allow her the leisure. In fact, she only got to see the beautiful masterpiece the day before the dinner.
“It has been an incredible honour to play a role in helping our beloved PP look like the queen that she is on her special occasions,” says Coetzee. Unfortunately, the designer was unable to attend the gala due to New York.
At the event, each political party’s representative paid tribute to her before she was finally introduced by her son, Wantu. In his touching speech, Wantu recounted how his mother played chess with him every day while he was growing up.
In his tribute, the ruling party’s secretary general, Gwede Mantashe told Advocate Thuli Madonsela;
“You saved us from ourselves from time to time, that is something we have not acknowledged publicly, but do so quietly.”
Mantashe teased that the though the ruling party gave her a hard time in her seven-year tenure, they made it less boring.