THULISILE (THULI) MADONSELA
FORBES AFRICA PERSON OF THE YEAR 2016.
"South Africa's Public Protector who faced death threats in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore."
Adv Thulisile (Thuli) Nomkhosi Madonsela was appointed as Public Protector SA by the President on the recommendation of Parliament with effect from 15 October 2009. At the time of her appointment, Adv Madonsela was the only full-time Commissioner in the South African Law Reform Commission. Before then she held various leadership positions in civil society and the public sector. These include membership of the inaugural Commission for Commission for Employment Equity and the Steering Committee of the legal Services Charter and various executive management positions in the Department of Justice and constitutional Development.
One of the 11 Technical Experts that assisted the Constitutional Assembly in drafting South Africa’s new Constitution, Adv Madonsela is a human rights lawyer, equality expert, constitutional analyst and policy specialist, who holds a BA Law and LLB degrees. She has also done post graduate studies in various areas of the law, including Constitutional Law, Equality, Administrative Justice and Developmental Law. Her post graduate studies include executive leadership courses in areas such as leadership, strategic planning, project management and ADR.
She is the co-architect of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, the Employment Equity act and Local Government Transition act. She has also contributed to laws such as the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, Repeal of the Black Administration Act, Recognition of Customary Marriages Act and the reform of Customary Law and Related matters Act. She has played a central role in the drafting of various transformational policies and related instruments, which include Justice Vision 2000, the Victims Charter, National Gender Policy Framework and the policy framework that formed the basis of the Ministry for Women, Children and Disability Affairs.
She has written extensively, published and provided training on various aspects of the law, equality and human rights in general. Her work includes co-authoring the Bench Book for Equality Courts, a Resource Book for Equality Court Clerks, a Legal advice Handbook on Family Law and Related Matters and handbooks on Gender Management, gender mainstreaming and Leadership.
Born in Johannesburg, to a working class family, in 1962, Adv. Madonsela has had extensive involvement in international human rights work, which has included the drafting of certain instruments, drafting of country reports and participating in country delegations to various international conferences and related fora.