Thuli Madonsela Biography

Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub

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Born on September 28, 1962, Thuli Madonsela is an advocate from South Africa. She is the Public Protector of South Africa. Madonsela is an ordinary member of the Pretoria branch of the African National Congress (ANC). During the apartheid era Madonsela served in the ANC and in the United Democratic Front anti-apartheid organisation. She believes that holding political office would not be her “best contribution as a human being”. In 1994 she declined the position of ANC MP in South Africa’s first post-apartheid Parliament. Thuli raised her two children, a boy and a girl, as a single parent due to her husband died when the children were very young

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Evelyn Baring High School in Nhlangano in Swaziland

University of Swaziland – BA in Law in 1987

University of the Witwatersrand in 1990 – LLB

University of Stellenbosch – Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa)

University of Cape Town – Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa)


2011 – Daily Maverick named her South African Person of the Year for “serving her role as an ombudsman to the exercise of executive power with unwavering commitment to truth”.
2014 – Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the Leaders category and described her as “an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be”.
2014 – Glamour Women of the Year awards – named Woman of Courage
2014 – ANN7 South African of the Year
2014 – Transparency International Integrity Award
2015 – Doctor of Law (honoris causa), University of Fort Hare (2013), Stellenbosch University (March), Rhodes University (April) and University of Cape Town (June)
2016 – FW de Klerk Goodwill Award