Pearls of wisdom from Thuli Madonsela over the years


An inspirational quote tweeted by Thuli Madonsela on 13 October 2016, days before her last day as Public Protector of South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG – For seven years Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has made headlines with findings of important investigations into high-level maladministration.

She has also become a symbol of courage and justice in the wake of attacks from politicians and has always responded professionally when under pressure.

Madonsela’s inspirational tweets have been favourited by South Africans on social media and as Friday marks her final day in office has collated some of these pearls of wisdom:

During her time in office Madonsela investigated maladministration with regards to non-security related upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. She was attacked and threatened during this time but responded by saying, “I’m not scared” on 27 March 2014.

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In April 2014, while addressing students at the University of Johannesburg, Madonsela said that South Africa could have achieved a lot more since 1994 if it wasn’t for maladministration.

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In February 2016 when the Nkandla case eventually went to the Constitutional Court, Madonsela said it would be a game-changer and lay to rest what it means when the constitution says the public protector has three powers: the power to investigate, the power to report and the power to take appropriate remedial action.

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Madonsela gave this advice to incoming Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane:

“The job is about protecting the public from improper conduct from what quarter it may come from. So stick to that job.”