As Public Protector Thuli Madonsela prepares to leave office come October this year, South Africans have recounted series of her good deeds while serving the public. The pupils from Kameeldrift Primary School in Pretoria who feel words are not enough to appreciate the personality of SA’s iron lady, chose to say this through a poem.
The poem which was recited by the school’s Deputy Head Girl Megan Barnard presented Thuli as one who knows her job and proudly put in her best in doing it.
The Poem reads:
“Girls are made from sugar and spice And all things nice But growing up I want to see What the ingredients of the perfect woman must be
She must have something sweet so people’s pain she can see
There must be something strong‚ like a little bit of iron‚ maybe
She must be able to speak out And that can be risky without a doubt
She must be stylish on the outside
But on the inside extraordinary power must hide She must be able to listen well And even hear what the people don’t tell With us today there is a lady
With even more than this recipe Thuli Madonsela is her name
She makes things quiet that means even when she doesn’t speak loud or ever screams But when she opens her mouth she can change a disaster into a dream”
Poetry they say, is a language in which man explores his own amazement; the royal apparel, in which truth asserts its divine origin. The truth is not far fetched from this poem
The pupil recited this at the University of South Africa’s 2016 Youth Research Conference in Pretoria. A two-day programme which started on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the principal the Primary School located in Pretoria recounted how much the school went through before reaching their present standard.
The Principal, Marina van Niekerk said the school pulled off a remarkable turnaround from debt and poor academic performance nine years back before it turned out to be a haven for its pupils‚ providing those in need with clothing and toiletries among other things.
In their little meeting with the public protector, the principal recalled that in 2007, the School was on the verge of closing down‚ but the staff persevered and today, the school has waxed stronger.
“At our school all children are equal … we instill good values and self-confidence‚” Van Niekerk said.
Thuli has however been described as a fearless and resolute woman who has taken on some of South Africa’s most powerful politicians – and won.
She is also described as one who has fulfilled her mandate with faultless precision, vigour and determination since taking up office in 2009.