Winning Women | Thuli Madonsela: A voice for social justice

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Former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Gallo Images
Former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Gallo Images


Good people can’t be lawyers. Despite this mantra being drummed into her from a young age, Advocate Thuli Madonsela chose to study law.

Madonsela was an adviser to black trade unions during apartheid, and a core member of the team that drafted South Africa’s Constitution – one of the most progressive in the world – “working mostly on customary law, traditional leadership and culture issues”. She then became South Africa’s Public Protector, the first woman to hold the position, in 2009.

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