German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier awarded Germany's Great Order of Merit to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Tuesday night. It is one of the country's highest awards. According to Independent Online, the award was given to Madonsela on the sidelines of a reception at the German ambassador's Cape Town residence. "@ThuliMadonsela3 , you teach us how resilient a democracy actually is if we determinedly defend its principles! In this, you are an example to all us democrats." President Steinmeier bestows Germanys's Great Order of Merit upon Thuli Madonsela. Our Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/bycQUrbwm6— Germany in SA (@GermanEmbassySA) November 21, 2018View this post on Instagram The Highest order in Germany was awarded to mama by the German president himself. We honour and salute you mama. You are a shining star for not only this country but the world. You signify such integrity and truth. The world is a better place because of you. We thank God for the day you were born and how your purpose has unfolded for the glory of His kingdom and for His people. 16 year old Thuli. Did she even imagine what she would do? Your dreams are valid and God will validate them. Congrats Prof. We celebrate you dearly.A post shared by Wenzile Madonsela Msimanga (@wenzilem) on Nov 21, 2018 at 2:41pm PST Madonsela tweeted about the award en route to the reception. On the way to receiving another unexpected award. #Gratitude pic.twitter.com/OEFUXZZs2b— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) November 20, 2018The German president is currently on a visit to South Africa. This week, President Cyril Ramaphosa assured Steinmeier that there would be no land grabs in the country, Fin24 reported. Also this week, the City of Cape Town signed a R1.3bn loan with the German government-owned KfW Development Bank for urban wastewater management.