Prof. Thuli Madonsela

Professor Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law.

She served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016.

Named one of TIME100 influential people, in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016, Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to illuminate South Africa’s democracy. 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.

She is also a Human Rights Lawyer and Equality Expert and co-architect and Founding Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre.

Thuli Madonsela Foundation (THUMA) has partnered with Khulisa Social Solutions. The initiative is also supported by the Stellenbosch University Law School, where Madonsela is Chairperson of social justice.

She has a global reputation for integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice in the exercise of public power and use of public resources.

She has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice and general inclusive enjoyment of the fruits of democracy in the pursuit of peace.

In 2017 she was a resident at Harvard University as an Advanced Leadership Fellow. Among her many accolades, a select few are mentioned. She is also a Paul Harris Fellow, a Tallberg Global Leader, and is the recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and the Commonwealth Lawyers Truth and Justice Award.