Thulisile Nomkhosi “Thuli” Madonsela (born 28 September 1962) is a South African advocate and served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016.

Here are top Ten things you probably didn’t know about her.

15. Thuli Madonsela raised her two children, a boy and a girl, as a single parent. Her husband died when the children were very young.

14. Reports have it that she is from Nhlangano in Swaziland, from where her family originates.

13.  Madonsela’s most anticipated investigations are the upgrade of Pres. Zuma’s Nkandla home and the government task team which probed the Gupta cases.

12. She graduated with BA in Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987, and an LLB from the university of the Witwatersrand in 1990.

11. She was a member of the team which drafted the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela in 1996.

10. Her passion for Law and Justice were ignited when she was growing up during the 1970’s era when she witnessed some of her family members hiding from the police because they didn’t have their passes.

9.  Wantu and Wenzile; her kids are her source of strength and peace.

8. Her favourite book in the Bible is the proverbs and her favourite verse is Jeremiah 29 verse 11.

7. She was never married to her late partner as she never believed in getting married.

6. She intends to write a book on her experience as SA public protector.

5. She was part of the 2011 Real Magazine 100 Most Influential Women in SA.

4. As strong as she seems to be, she cried on her job sometimes.

3. She began her career as an assistant teacher at her former school, Evelyn Baring High School, in Swaziland. In 1982 she became an assistant teacher at Naledi High School in Soweto.

2. Awards:

  • 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

1. Publications:

  • Madonsela, Thuli (1995). “Beyond Putting Women on the Agenda”.
  • Madonsela, Thuli (1995). “A fair deal for the woman worker?”. In Liebenberg, Sandra. The Constitution of South Africa from a gender perspective. Cape Town: Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape in association with David Philip. 
  • Maluleke, Mikateko Joyce; Madonsela, Thuli (2004). Women and the law in South Africa: Gender equality jurisprudence in landmark court decisions (PDF). Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
  • Madonsela, Thuli (September 2012). “Corruption” (PDF). Quarterly roundtable. Johannesburg: Helen Suzman Foundation.
  • Madonsela, Thuli (19 March 2014). Secure in Comfort (PDF). Public Protector South Africa.