Thuli Madonsela

Political Speaker - Cape Town
Thuli Madonsela


Thuli Madonsela (Thulisile Madonsela) is South Africa's former Public Protector. Thuli is also a Human Rights Lawyer and Equality Expert. Thuli Madonsela was one of the 11 technical experts who helped the Constitutional Assembly draft the final constitution in 1994 and 1995. Previously, she was a member of a Task Team that prepared constitutional inputs for the Gauteng Province of the African National Congress. She presented the final document at the African National Congress' Gauteng Constitutional Conference in 1995.

With unanimous support from the multi-party National Assembly, Madonsela was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term commencing 19 October 2009. At her appointment announcement, Zuma said Madonsela "will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour".

As Public Protector, Madonsela investigated complaints regarding public spending on Zuma's private homestead in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Nkandla. Thuli's final report on security upgrades to Zuma's homestead was published on 19 March 2014 titled Secure in Comfort.

"State of Capture", her final report, was released as her 7-year term of office came to an end in October 2016.

Since January 2018 Thuli Madonsela is part of the University of Stellenbosch at their Faculty of Law.

Thuli was born in Johannesburg in 1962 and grew up in Soweto. She attended Evelyn Baring High School in Nhlangano in Swaziland, from where her family originates. She graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987, and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. On 26 March 2015, Thuli Madonsela was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa) from the University of Stellenbosch. She was further awarded another Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa) from the University of Cape Town; the award ceremony took place at Jameson Hall on 11 June 2015.

Thuli Madonsela also has an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare.

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